As one of the most common approaches to divorce, mediation offers the possibility of reduced stress, a minimal time commitment, and considerable savings. It’s not right for everybody, however. Some spouses desperately need the assertive legal advocacy that can only be achieved in a litigated divorce. Litigation is especially worth pursuing in the following situations:

Lack of Good Faith

Mediation works best when both spouses acknowledge that, despite their differences, they ultimately want the best for each other. There is no room for vengeance or ill will.

If your spouse is determined to punish you, your efforts to seek a mutually-beneficial agreement via mediation could be in vain. Think twice about mediation if your spouse has a history of vengeful, narcissistic, or drama-seeking behavior. Even a skilled mediator will struggle to overcome these obstacles.

Domestic Abuse

If you or your children have been abused by your ex, mediation could prove disastrous. Typically, relationships involving domestic abuse hold an inherent imbalance of power, with the person in the lesser position often making unacceptable sacrifices in the name of conciliation.

As the abused spouse, you may be terrified to say anything that might upset your ex. In such situations, it’s all but impossible to establish a level playing field. An attorney, however, can help you stand up for yourself without making unfair compromises. Likewise, if your goal is, above all else, to minimize your spouse’s parenting time, the right attorney can fight aggressively to protect your family.

Whether you ultimately choose to litigate your divorce or settle your differences through mediation, you can benefit from quality legal counsel. Look to the Brown Law Offices for effective legal advocacy and a personalized approach to your divorce.

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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, Mankato in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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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, Mankato 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