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February 28, 2019

Military Divorce: By the Numbers

The stress and chaos of military life can throw even the strongest relationships for a loop. Interestingly, however, military couples aren't as destined for divorce as outsiders seem to think. Read on for fascinating statistics about the prevalence of military divorce — and how dramatically it can vary from one situation to the next:  

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Brown Law Office
February 6, 2019

Complicated Family Law Challenges Posed By Companies Like 23andMe and Ancestry.com (Part 2)

Could an at-home DNA test be all it takes to connect you to your heritage? Or could it prompt unforeseen consequences — perhaps shaking the foundation on which your family is built? Both outcomes are possible. In Part 1 of our series on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, we explored a few of the unexpected implications these tests can have for couples and families. Now, we share additional stories of difficult circumstances brought about by DNA test results:  

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Brown Law Office
January 30, 2019

Complicated Family Law Challenges Posed By Companies Like 23andMe and Ancestry.com (Part 1)

At one time, DNA testing kits seemed like little more than a science fiction concept. Today, however, these tests are not just available — they're easily accessible. Fueled, in part, by BOGO deals and other discounts, these tests are blowing up. As of late 2017, over 12 million people admitted to using these direct-to-consumer tests. Ancestry.com announced that over 1.5 million customers sought tests during the 2017 Black Friday weekend alone.

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Brown Law Office
January 23, 2019

How Will Divorce Affect Your Retirement Plans? What Can You Do About It?

When picturing the financial implications of divorce, most spouses worry about their houses or alimony. Often, however, other issues warrant more attention. For some couples, retirement can be the most impacted aspect of divorce — and also, the most difficult to navigate. This is especially true in Minnesota, where courts make it clear that, when one spouse earns retirement benefits, the other spouse enjoys a "just and equitable" share, merely due to their status as married.

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Brown Law Office
January 9, 2019

Parental Alienation: What Is it? How Bad Is the Problem?

For families, the ideal divorce outcome includes happy children who maintain strong relationships with both parents. In turn, parents will hopefully enjoy an amicable relationship. All too often, however, divorce devolves into a power struggle, as evidenced by the increasingly prevalent issue of parental alienation.  

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Brown Law Office
January 4, 2019

Divorcing Someone with Medical Challenges: Special Considerations

Divorce is never easy, but mental health issues can add an additional layer of complication. Minnesota is a no-fault dissolution state, so illness (whether physical or mental in nature) cannot serve as grounds for divorce. Still, mental illness can play a significant role in several aspects of divorce — most notably, maintenance and child custody.  

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Brown Law Office
December 27, 2018

Why the Same Judge Is Used For an Appeal

You recently took your case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and, against all odds, emerged victorious. Problem is, what initially seemed like a success may no longer feel desirable. Chances are, your case was remanded back to the same judge who, in your opinion, messed up in the first place. Talk about frustrating! While it may seem that there is no rhyme or reason to this arrangement, there may be some wisdom in presenting the same case before the same judge on two different occasions — as we clarify below:

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Brown Law Office
December 20, 2018

When Your Ex Is Controlling And Stubborn — And Won't Budge

Amicable divorces may be the holy grail of dissolution, but often, couples bicker as much in divorce as they did while married. While some level of compromise should always be expected, you shouldn't be the only one making concessions. Follow these suggestions to increase the likelihood of changing your stubborn ex's mind:

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Brown Law Office
December 13, 2018

Best Ways to Be Amicable Through Divorce

Most divorces are uncontested, but that certainly doesn't imply that they're amicable. Even the kindest, most considerate spouses may find themselves lashing out at one another throughout the duration of the divorce process. It's only natural at such a stressful time — but this behavior can cause irreparable harm. Struggling to keep your cool? Follow these best practices to keep your divorce as amicable as possible:

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