– “I was served with divorce paperwork. What do I do now?”

This is a common question asked of our divorce attorneys. A divorce can be complex and knowing where to begin may seem overwhelming. For many, a divorce is an individual’s first experience navigating the Minnesota court system. Throughout your case, knowledge will be on your side. Having counsel to keep you up-to-date on your case and informed of your rights will help you make the best legal decisions for your future.

Stay Informed and Find Counsel

The earlier you hire a divorce attorney the better. Family law can be difficult and there are court procedures and timelines that must be followed. Failure to adhere to the procedures and timelines so could negatively impact your matter. It is always best to consult with an experienced family law attorney so you understanding your options and rights.

Retaining an attorney is an important decision. Since your attorney will be a vital part of your case, you will want to ensure your attorney is not only qualified but is also someone you can trust. It is always a good idea to jot down your case goals and some questions for your attorney prior to the consultation. This will help you maximize your conversation and help you narrow down your search for a lawyer.

Next Steps

Once you have found counsel, your attorney will direct you to next steps. Usually this means completing a questionnaire and supplying different documents pertinent to your case. Your attorney will want to get a full picture of your situation to be able to create the best legal strategy for you. They also will want copies of all legal correspondence and pleadings to ensure you are not missing any important deadlines.

If you are asked to complete a questionnaire, it will generally include basic information like names, birthdates, addresses, and phone numbers. They should also dive into the specifics of your situation such as debts, custody, and possible obstacles you may face. It is always best to be honest with your attorney so they can most effectively represent you. Anything you say to your attorney will be confidential and bound by your attorney-client relationship.

Your attorney may request copies of numerous documents from you depending on your situation such as:

  • Pay Statements
  • Tax Returns
  • Medical and dental insurance premium information
  • Property Deeds
  • Bank statements
  • Retirement account information
  • Work-related childcare expenses, and
  • Credit card statements.

While it may seem like a large amount of information to collect, the provided documentation will be used during your matter and help your attorney get fully up to speed on your unique situation.

If you have questions about divorce, contact our office today.  Our experienced family law attorneys are ready to assist you. To schedule your consultation, call our office at (763) 323-6555 or submit an online contact inquiry through our website.

Photo of Cynthia J. Brown Cynthia J. Brown

Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served…

Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003.

Cynthia has handled a wide variety of family law matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child protective services, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor, public defender and criminal investigator. In addition to her family practice, Cynthia routinely represents clients facing criminal charges such as DWI, assault, theft and criminal sexual misconduct.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, ATV riding and spending time with family.

Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Protective Services
  • Restraining Orders
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Bar Admission
  • Minnesota State Bar, 1998
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 1998
  • University of South Dakota, 1995
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Panel Attorney, Anoka County County Family Law Clinic
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper
  • Author, Family Law Forum
  • Author, Divorce Magazine