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Archive: 2014

Brown Law Office
November 20, 2014

Overview of Reunification Therapy Among Parents and Children

Every family has their disagreements. Unfortunately, some parents take things to the extreme, and deny parenting time to the other. When that happens, reunification therapy may be the best option to rekindle the lost relationship between a parent and child. If you are involved in a challenging situation with another parent, we are here to help. Quite often, in these situations, the underlying conflict among parents will turn into alienation of one parent. That parent becomes estranged (e.g., absent) from the child’s life, while the other assumes the …

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Brown Law Office
October 9, 2014

Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator in Minnesota

It takes plenty of time and effort to finalize a divorce. Many people choose to hire a divorce mediator to help them settle matters amicably. But with so many mediators out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Let us help you with a few key tips on choosing the right divorce mediator. You should know that all divorce mediators are not created equal. Before you retain a mediator: Make sure he/she is an educator. A good divorce mediator will educate you on the law, to help you make an informed decision. Some mediators are …

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Brown Law Office
August 1, 2014

How Businesses are Appraised as Part of a Divorce

A divorce is a very difficult process. Typically there will be disagreement on parenting issues and finance. One asset the is usually deemed the most valuable within a divorce is a business. It is crucial to understand the various ways to appraise a business, if you own one. There are three common approaches to having a business appraised: The asset approach: Based on the value of the assets and liabilities of your business, including tangible and intangible assets. The income approach: Estimates the value of the business through expected …

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Brown Law Office
August 1, 2014

An Overview of Motions to Move Out of State

Each divorce case will vary from one another. In some cases, a parent might want to move out of state with his or her children. But, the non-custodial parent may be opposed of this idea. Typically, a child cannot be permanently relocated from his or her state of residence without approval from that court that gave the original custody order - unless the other parent consents. When parents agree to an out-of-state move, they should sign a written agreement reflecting that. A counselor, or mediator, may be hired to help resolve any issues of both …

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Brown Law Office
July 30, 2014

Tips for Dealing with a High Conflict Divorce

Being involved in a high conflict divorce is extremely stressful, and can make the divorce process long and painful. Ideally a divorce can be quick and painless  -and resolved amicably. That is not the case in a high conflict divorce. This term refers to a couple that creates a war among themselves, that will create long-term effects. Many individuals involved in creating a high conflict divorce have been found to have a narcissistic personality disorder. This means they see themselves as superior to their spouse and have little regard of the others …

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Brown Law Office
July 29, 2014

The Role of a Parenting Time Consultant

A parental consultant (PC) is a figure that both parents will agree upon, who is then appointed by a judge. The PC will provide expert opinion, and assist in resolving parenting issues that arise. Another similar individual used in cases is a parenting time expeditor. These individuals are court authorities and are to be treated like a judge, which means their decisions carry the same weight as a court order. They only make decisions related to parenting time. Unlike parenting time expeditors, parenting consultants are allowed to resolve any parenting …

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Brown Law Office
February 19, 2014

The Distinction Between Marital and Non-Marital Property Interests

Most divorces involve some type of division of property. However, not all assets or property are subject to division. Part of the divorce process explores the property of each party to determine what exactly needs to be divided. During this process, property is labeled as either "marital" or "non-marital." Determining whether property is marital or non-marital is crucial in a divorce. In general, non-marital property will not be part of the "equitable" distribution between the parties. Non-marital property, as its name suggests, is property that …

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Brown Law Office
February 13, 2014

The Many Roles Experts Play in a Divorce

A divorce doesn't just involve the two spouses and their lawyers. In any divorce proceeding, there are a variety of legal factors involved.  The more issues present, the more experts will generally need to be involved. Some of the typical roles in a divorce include a home appraiser, custody evaluator, vocational assessor, business appraiser, and an actuary. The number of experts present will obviously increase the overall cost of the divorce, but they will also ensure that the proceedings are as fair as possible. A home appraiser is the most common …

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Brown Law Office
February 3, 2014

Simplify Child Custody with the “Our Family Wizard” Site

If you've gone through a divorce, you understand that the challenges don't stop once matters are finalized. As soon as all the agreements and decisions are made, you now have to spend a lot of your time figuring out exactly how you are going to follow all of the provisions within the divorce decree. One of the biggest challenges involves all of the complex issues that go into scheduling your parenting time and/or working with the other parent. Luckily, there are tools available to assist you with this process. When it comes to spending time with …

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