Happy endings aren’t common in divorce, but many spouses are at least able to emerge with a sense of hope for the future. They recognize the need for compromise and may even take satisfaction in the small victories they’ve scored along the way.

Sometimes, however, divorces do not go at all as planned. In the aftermath of this difficult process, ex-spouses may feel they were treated unfairly in court — and they may resent the seemingly lopsided compromises they’ve been forced to make. These decisions aren’t exactly easy to reverse, but it may be possible in select circumstances, as detailed below.

File an Appeal

If you believe that the judge presiding over your case failed to follow established legal principles or lacked evidence to back up key decisions, your case may be eligible for appeal. If you choose to pursue this path, your case will be referred to the Minnesota Court of Appeals for review. During this process, the original decision will likely remain in effect, unless a stay pending appeal is issued. Given the strict nature of Minnesota’s appellate system, it is critical that you meet every deadline, appeal on a valid basis, and work with a skilled attorney who understands the complexities of this process.

Seek Modification

Down the line, it may be possible to change the judge’s original decision, assuming your financial situation or other aspects of your daily life change. Modifications may involve parenting time, child support, or spousal maintenance. Unfortunately, divorce decisions regarding property division cannot be altered unless extraordinary circumstances exist.

Whether you desire an appeal or modification of your original divorce agreement, you’ll find the process far easier when you have a trusted family attorney on your side. The experts at the Brown Law Offices, P.A. can help you determine which approach is in your best interests.

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Photo of Jason C. Brown Jason C. Brown

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He 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.

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.

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 obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

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.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.