If you’re like most people, your attitudes regarding divorce have largely been shaped by the media and your community. Perhaps you’ve watched Divorce Courton TV or listened to a loved one’s complaints about this notoriously complicated process. Ultimately, however, it’s impossible to understand exactly how divorce works until you’re in the trenches.

The more you know in advance, the better your chances of escaping the biggest dramas of divorce. To prepare you, we’ve compiled a few of the most common misconceptions.

Only Women Receive Spousal or Child Support

Alimony and child support arrangements can take many forms. While women have commonly occupied the receiving end in past divorce cases, that’s beginning to change — especially as more married women take on breadwinner status. Likewise, while conventional wisdom suggests that mothers always receive custody, joint arrangements are most common.

Proof of Cheating Will Always Yield Better Results for the Betrayed Spouse

Don’t assume that your unfaithful spouse will get his or her just desserts in court. While spouses in some states can file on grounds of adultery, Minnesota — like many states — only allows for no-fault divorces. Sometimes, however, behaviors associated with cheating may influence alimony or child support.

Real Estate Is the Most Important Aspects of Property Division

Divorcing spouses may spat over home ownership, but real estate isn’t always the most valuable asset. In some cases, business or retirement assets may hold greater value. Likewise, real estate can prove more of a hassle than it’s worth, particularly for those who wish to downsize following divorce.

At the Brown Law Offices, we’re well aware of the many misconceptions that surround divorce. We use a client-oriented approach to ensure that you know exactly what to expect through each step of the process. Contact us today to learn more about our legal philosophy and family services.

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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 Brown was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia…

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 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 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. Many of her clients have also asked her to provide guidance concerning their estate planning needs.

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, 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, 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
Education
  • 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