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Archive: 2019

Brown Law Office
July 10, 2019

Getting Enough Childcare Coverage For Work — And Life — While Going Through a Divorce: Tips and Tricks

Parenting time and child support are understandably chief areas of concern for divorcing parents. Few, however, consider in advance the prospect of caring for their children while they're actually in the midst of the divorce process. Between court appearances, mediation sessions, and other obligations, finding sufficient childcare may seem all but impossible. These suggestions may help:

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Brown Law Office
June 25, 2019

Minnesota's Early Neutral Evaluation Process

Minnesota's judicial system handles a vast family caseload involving everything from custody and parenting time to financial concerns. In an effort to expedite the resolution process, the state maintains an option known as early neutral evaluation. Designed in hopes of facilitating a mutually beneficial outcome, ENE may allow involved parties to avoid the most time-consuming and stressful elements of the divorce process.

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Brown Law Office
June 18, 2019

Family Investigations: How Do Abuse or Neglect Reports Work?

According to the Department of Human Resources, Minnesota's many counties and tribes receive over 18,000 reports of abuse and neglect every year. Multiple processes are available for handling these reports and resolving the complications that underlie them. Most cases are settled through Minnesota's Family Assessment Response, but a small subset warrants a full-on investigation, as we explain below:

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Brown Law Office
June 11, 2019

Getting Divorced in Your 20s — Special Considerations

Young people tie the knot later and later these days, but many still get married in their 20s — and many divorce before they reach 30. If there is a silver lining to these early divorces, it's that they tend to be less complicated than later-in-life divorces, which may include additional considerations regarding retirement or estate planning. Still, it's worth exploring the unique concerns that may come into play if you seek divorce as a twenty-something. A few of these considerations are outlined below:

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Brown Law Office
June 4, 2019

The Minnesota Foster Care System 101

Foster parenting is a worthwhile endeavor in any state, but this rewarding experience is especially worth pursuing in Minnesota, where it is strongly encouraged through financial and social support. It's a popular option among those who yearn to care for children but cannot afford or are otherwise unwilling to go through with the adoption process. It's critical, however, that prospective foster parents know exactly what they're getting into — which is why we've highlighted the basics of foster parenting in Minnesota below:

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Brown Law Office
May 29, 2019

Minnesota Adoption Basics

As an adoptive parent, you could make a positive difference in the life of a child who desperately needs your love and care. Options abound; you can adopt domestically or internationally through an agency. You can adopt your new spouse's child or get involved with Minnesota's foster program. No matter which avenue you pursue, you'll need to abide by local legislation. Not sure where to start? We offer a first look at the Minnesota adoption process below:

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Brown Law Office
May 21, 2019

Getting Divorced After Just a Few Years of Marriage: What You Need to Know

Couples who make it through the first two years of marriage stand a far better chance of also making it to their ten or even twenty-year anniversary. Many marriages end while couples are just barely emerging from the honeymoon phase, however. These divorces often differ from the splits that follow long-term marriages. If you're ready to divorce after just a few months or years, keep the following considerations in mind:

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Brown Law Office
May 14, 2019

Divorcing Somebody With Substance Abuse Issues: What You Need to Know

Substance abuse is unfortunately prevalent in Minnesota, where it plays a key role in the breakup of many marriages. Data collected by the Minnesota Survey of Adult Substance Usein 2014 and 2015 reveals that five percent of adult residents suffer alcohol abuse, while two percent meet established criteria defining drug use disorders. If you believe that your spouse meets these criteria — and that divorce is your best option — you'll want to proceed carefully to ensure the best outcome for you and your children.

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Brown Law Office
May 7, 2019

Minnesota Resources for Domestic Abuse Victims

Domestic abuse plagues far too many Minnesota families, with data from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women revealing that a tragic 24 Minnesotans died at the hands of partners or other family members in 2017. Many others experience considerable physical and mental suffering. Few seek the help they deserve. Resources are within reach, however, and many local organizations are ready to lend a helping hand — as highlighted below.

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Brown Law Office
April 30, 2019

Dealing With Jealousy: How to Cope When Your Ex Starts Dating Again

Whether you've happily moved on from your ex or regret your divorce, you're likely to feel at least a tinge of jealousy as your former spouse hits the dating market. That jealousy will only increase if your ex enters into a serious relationship. These suggestions will help you move forward:

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