Deborah N. Dewalt

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Burnsville, MN

Attorney at Law
 | 2412 East 117th Street, Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: 952-895-5543
Fax: 952-646-9311
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Deborah N. Dewalt is a family law attorney in Burnsville, Minnesota. She has practiced exclusively in family law and alternative dispute resolution since 1985.

    Ms. Dewalt is experienced in all aspects of family law litigation and alternative dispute resolution. In addition to her skills as an advocate for clients, she also draws on extensive experience as a mediator, arbitrator, guardian ad litem, and early neutral evaluator. These diverse roles enhance Ms. Dewalt's perspective in all areas of family law. They also foster her strong ability to develop creative and tailored solutions for managing family law transitions in a positive manner.

    In addition to her arbitration, mediation and law practice, Ms. Dewalt appears as a presenter on family law and alternative dispute resolution topics at various professional engagements. Ms. Dewalt authored the Custody and ADR Chapter of the Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, published by Minnesota CLE, in 2016.

    Ms. Dewalt belongs to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is an active member of several other national, state and local family law associations.

    Located in Dakota County, Minnesota, Ms. Dewalt serves clients in Burnsville, Lakeville, Bloomington, Apple Valley, Eagan, Rosemount, Hastings, Savage, Shakopee, Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Prior Lake, Chaska, Richfield, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hopkins, Minneapolis and St. Paul, and throughout Dakota County, Hennepin County, Scott County, Carver County, Ramsey County, Rice County and Goodhue County.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Family Law
    • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Arbitration, Mediation


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 18 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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    About Deborah Dewalt

    Admitted: 1983, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top 40 Family Law, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2010
    • Top 40 Family Law, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2007
    • Phi Theta Kappa
    • Phi Beta Kappa

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Rule 114 qualified in all family law alternative dispute resolution

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Family Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Member, Family Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Member, Dakota County Bar Association
    • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
    • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Minnesota chatper)
    • North Dakota, 1983
    • Minnesota, 1983
    • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Minnesota and National)
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (National) (Minnesota)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Fund raising bicycle rides

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Discussion of differences in application of statutes on child support and custody to a minor child as compared to an adult disabled child.  Discussion of differences between legal custody in a family court order and the duties and rights of a guardian under the probate law., Co-Presenter, Statutory Differences Between a Minor Child and an Adult Disabled Child in Family Law, MSBA Family Law Section, 2018
    • Discussion of the process for obtaining a Rule 17 guardian ad litem in a family court matter, the responsibilities of such a guardian ad litem and a comparison to a guardian appointed by probate court., Presenter, Rule 17 Guardians ad Litem, Rochester Area Family Attorneys, 2017
    • An overview of probate court procedures and requirements for the appointment of guardians for minors and impaired adults; discussion of Rule 17 guardians ad litem in family court cases., Presenter, Guardianship Law for Family Lawyers, Minnesota CLE, 2016
    • Author, Custody and ADR Chapter, Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota CLE, 2016
    • CLE Webinar -- two hours, Co-Presenter, Custody and ADR, Minnesota CLE, 2011
    • CLE - Presenter, The Great Jugging Act of Custody ADR, MN CLE, 2011
    • CLE - Presenter, Process Options in Family Law Cases, MSBA - First Judicial District Outreach, 2009
    • Conference, Custody and out of court processes to resolve custody - ADR and Custody 2011
    • Custody and ADR Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook 2010
    • Publisher Family Law Ripples 2011

    Educational Background:

    • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, J.D. cum laude, 1983
    • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, B.A. summa cum laude, 1976
    • Bismarck Junior College, Bismarck, North Dakota, A.A., Associate in Arts, 1974
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    Office Location for Deborah N. Dewalt

    2412 East 117th Street
    Burnsville, MN 55337

    Phone: 952-895-5543

    Fax: 952-646-9311

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    Last Updated: 12/13/2019

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