Minnesota courts typically aim to help the children of divorce maintain strong relationships with both parents. In the long-term, this approach is of greatest benefit to children impacted by divorce — but in the short-term, it can cause major headaches for their parents. Even if parents enjoy a largely amicable relationship, they may struggle to maintain complicated schedules and routines. Thankfully, technology is available to ease the burden, as highlighted below:

Timesharing Apps

Timesharing apps make it easier to remember when children will spend time with each parent — and whether either parent must complete specific tasks during this time. Ideally, these apps will include calendars that can be accessed and edited by either parent. Our Family Wizard and Coparently facilitate cooperation, while Talking Parents provides a valuable record of communication for parents prone to conflict. Even Google Calendar can prove valuable for parents struggling to maintain a straightforward schedule.

Financial Tools

Struggling with finances in the aftermath of divorce? Personal finance programs or apps may help. Mint is a top option, of course, but Wally and You Need a Budget (YNAB) may also prove useful. The right app could help you keep track of spousal maintenance and child support payments, while also encouraging you to get yourself out of any financial ruts prompted by your divorce.

Meditation Apps

In the midst of coparenting struggles, it helps to take time for yourself. Meditation apps help you more effectively deal with the stress of coparenting — and life in general. If you like the idea of meditating but struggle to actually make a commitment, these apps may help:

  • Headspace
  • Sattva
  • Insight Timer
  • Omvana

The right apps and programs can make coparenting easier, but few solutions match those offered through strategic legal counsel and representation. Contact the Brown Law Offices, P.A. for support.

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Photo of Cynthia J. Brown Cynthia J. Brown

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting…

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting matters settled fairly and cost-effectively. We’re certainly ready to litigate, but favor empowering clients to control the outcome of their case.”

Cynthia is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. She publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues.

Cynthia Brown 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 family law with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., in 2003.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor and public defender. In the last decade, however, Cynthia’s practice has focused primarily on family law. She has handled a wide variety of matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, paternity, step-parent adoption, harassment and grandparent rights.

Cynthia publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues. She is a contributing author to the Family Law Forum, the quarterly publication of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Cynthia also writes a bi-monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper, and monthly articles for Divorce Magazine.

Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and her Juris Doctorate from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation, which provided educational, health and financial resources to underprivileged Guatemalan citizens. Her interest in serving the impoverished began with a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1994.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, beading and spending time with family. She and her husband, Jason, also an attorney, have two children.