Kathryn (Katy) Graves

Attorney, Shareholder

kgraves@hensonefron.com
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“When I meet with someone for the first time, they are on edge and their life is unraveling. It’s never going to be the same. My role is to calmly help them understand and successfully navigate the process, and to move forward with their lives.”

The law can seem cold and impersonal, but in every family law case, hearts are involved.

I form trusted relationships with my clients—spouses, parents, and grandparents—to ensure you feel important and respected. I actively listen to achieve your goals and help you through this difficult time. As a purposeful advocate, I can assure that you will have a voice during negotiations or in court.

There is no substitute for experience, and as a seasoned family law attorney, I bring over 30 years with a focus on:

  • alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • child support
  • custody
  • domestic abuse and harassment proceedings
  • post-decree disputes
  • property division and complex valuation
  • spousal maintenance
  • third-party custody

I advocate using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which is used in most family law cases. Clients typically prefer to use ADR to resolve disputes rather than having a judge decide their lives. I employ mediation in most cases, especially divorce. Additionally, I have vast experience with child custody and parenting time issues, helping clients amicably figure out a schedule that works best for their family.

It’s rewarding making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. My fundamental principle is summed up in this lyric from The Beatles: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

 

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ASSISTANT
Gail Antrim
(612) 252-2838
Elizabeth Sumpton
PARALEGAL
Elizabeth (Liz) Sumpton
(612) 252-2893
 


EDUCATION
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1984
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1980
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
HONORS
PROFESSIONAL
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
  • Financial Early Neutral Evaluator for Hennepin, Ramsey, and Dakota Counties
  • Moderated Settlement Conferences in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Carver and Washington Counties (on the roster)
  • Adult Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for Hennepin and Ramsey County
COMMUNITY
  • Public Board Member, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2014-Present
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program, 2014-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Hennepin County, “Limited Scope” attorney program, 2009-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Volunteer Lawyer’s Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1993-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1985-Present
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, commitment to pro bono service, 2015
ARTICLES PRESENTATIONS
  • “Four-Way Settlement Conferences,” Minnesota Chapter AAML Divorce Camp, September 27, 2013
  • “Will I Be Okay?,” Minnesota Chapter AAML Divorce Day Camp, May 10, 2013 (presented with Carin Thomas, CIMC, FVP)
  • “Family Law From A-Z,” National Business Institute, February 1, 2012 and February 13, 2013
  • “Zealous Advocacy and The Ethics of Family Law,” Olmstead County Family Law Section, October 18, 2012
  • “What Family Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, April 20, 2012
  • “Child Support and the Psychology of Support,” AAML Divorce Camp, September 2012 (presented with Kirsten Lysne, Ph.D, L.P.)
  • “Child Evaluation in Custody and Support Litigation,” National Business Institute, March 2011
  • “Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces,” National Business Institute, December 5, 2008
  • “A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings,” National Business Institute, June 10, 2008
  • “Successful Financial Settlements for Your Divorce Client,” National Business Institute, June 15, 2007
  • “Crucial Discovery Techniques in Minnesota Dissolution Cases,” National Business Institute, January 2005
  • “Equitable Distributions in Divorce Settlements in Minnesota, Valuation, Tax and Other Issues,” National Business Institute, June 2005
  • “The Impact of Bankruptcy on Dissolution of Marriage in Minnesota,” National Business Institute, March 2003 and April 2004
  • “Handling Minnesota Divorce Cases from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, December 2003

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