You’ve finally made it through the whirlwind of divorce— and you’re ready to begin your life anew. Nothing marks a fresh start quite like a return to the dating market. Your desire for romantic distraction is perfectly understandable, but could your dating efforts ultimately undermine your next relationship? Read on to learn what the latest research tells us about dating after divorce:

Rebounds Help People Move On

Conventional wisdom about doomed rebounds might not reflect reality. According to an analysis of research highlighted in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, rebound relationships can be surprisingly helpful, even for those who currently still have feelings for their ex. In fact, studies referenced in this analysis suggest that those who promptly pursue new romances tend to enjoy healthier relationships. Additionally, those who seek rebound relationships may enjoy greater self-confidence.

New Relationships Strongly Impact Wellbeing

No matter your preferred timing for returning to the world of dating, take care to choose a partner who will most benefit your mental health. A study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family reveals that those who enter high-quality relationships shortly after divorce enjoy substantial boosts to wellbeing compared to those who remain single. Unfortunately, those who find themselves in low-quality relationships suffer dramatic reductions in wellbeing. Essentially, this study suggests that the timing itself may not be the issue, but rather, who you end up with and how you treat one another.

Ultimately, only you can know if you’re truly ready to return to dating. Think carefully before embarking on a new relationship — but don’t let fear hold you back from a promising new romance.

Let the team at the Brown Law Offices focus on the legal concerns of divorce so you can move on with your life. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

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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