– “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.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has…

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper