Whether amicable or contentious, divorce is a costly proposition. In addition to court costs, this process can deliver significant expenses related to housing, child support, spousal maintenance, and more. If you’re already starting to feel the impact on your wallet, consider implementing these tactics to keep costs to a minimum:

Select the Right Process For Your Situation

Your approach to divorce can play a huge role in its ultimate price tag. Court-based divorces tend to be more expensive, but exceptions apply.

If you and your ex are on decent terms, you’ll find it far easier and less costly to resolve your differences through mediation or collaboration. Remember, it’s still possible to undergo both processes while retaining counsel from a trusted attorney. If, however, huge financial stakes are attached — and your disagreements are fraught enough to make effective mediation impossible — litigation could actually prove the better option.

Be Willing to Compromise

Divorce is not a zero-sum game. It’s possible to make small compromises while still mostly getting what you want out of the process. In fact, by making calculated accommodations, you increase the likelihood of emerging with positive outcomes for other, more important matters.

The sooner you arrive at strategic compromises, the less time you’ll spend in court — and the more you’ll save in the long-run. Determine in advance where your priorities lie, and also, where you can make concessions for the sake of moving the process forward. Often, the greatest potential for savings lies in the division of household items, which should not require drawn-out court battles.

At the Brown Law Offices, we strive to find the ideal balance between affordable legal service and long-term value. We believe that the right approach to divorce can deliver considerable savings both now and far into the future

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Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served…

Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003.

Cynthia has handled a wide variety of family law matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child protective services, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. Many of her clients have also asked her to provide guidance concerning their estate planning needs.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor, public defender and criminal investigator. In addition to her family practice, Cynthia routinely represents clients facing criminal charges such as DWI, assault, theft and criminal sexual misconduct.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation, which provided educational, health and financial resources to underprivileged Guatemalan citizens. Her interest in serving the impoverished began with a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1994.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, ATV riding and spending time with family.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Protective Services
  • Restraining Orders
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Bar Admission
  • Minnesota State Bar, 1998
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 1998
  • University of South Dakota, 1995
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Panel Attorney, Anoka County County Family Law Clinic
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper
  • Author, Family Law Forum
  • Author, Divorce Magazine