Kathryn A. Graves

Top rated Family Law attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Henson Efron
Kathryn A. Graves
Henson Efron

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1985

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2023

Henson Efron

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


A talented and knowledgeable family law attorney, Kathryn A. Graves has spent over 37 years helping Minnesota families navigate complex legal issues. From her law firm, Henson & Efron, P.A., in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she provides everyday families with rational and sound legal guidance during stressful times.

Ms. Graves is adept at determining what cases are advantageous for alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or settlement negotiations, and when a case must be tried in court. As a certified and trained mediator, she has facilitated a number of mediations and arbitrations, helping her clients make it through to the other side in a much more beneficial and positive manner.

A vigilant and dedicated professional, Ms. Graves has handled complex family legal matters involving divorce, child custody and support, domestic abuse and harassment, adoptions, complex marital property valuation and division, third-party custody, spousal maintenance and post-decree modifications.

A 1980 Bachelor of Arts graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ms. Graves received her doctorate in jurisprudence, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1984. She was authorized to practice law in Minnesota in 1985 and is additionally licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of Minnesota and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

In honor of her achievements, Ms. Graves was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for her work in family law for several years in a row. She holds a “Very Good” rating on Avvo and is a Twin Cities Business 2022 Notable Women in Law honoree.

With a desire to work for those who need help, Ms. Graves serves as a volunteer lawyer at the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Hennepin County Limited Scope attorney program. For her commitment to pro bono service, she was named to the North Star Lawyers list by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA).

A fellow and board member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Ms. Graves is a member of the family law sections of MSBA and Hennepin County Bar Association. She has also contributed a number of articles to esteemed journals, and she actively takes part and presents at several conferences and continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute and others.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://hensonefron.com/attorneys/kathryn-a-graves/

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Handling Minnesota Divorce Cases from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, December 2003
  • Practical Considerations of Working with Visitation Expeditors, Ramsey County Bar Association Presentation, November 12, 1997
  • Overtime Income in the Calculation of Child Support, 8 Family Law Forum 3 (1996)
  • Retroactive Modification of Child Support Awards, 9 Minnesota Family Law Journal, (1995)
  • “The Impact of Bankruptcy on Dissolution of Marriage in Minnesota,” National Business Institute, March 2003 and April 2004
  • “Equitable Distributions in Divorce Settlements in Minnesota, Valuation, Tax and Other Issues,” National Business Institute, June 2005
  • “Crucial Discovery Techniques in Minnesota Dissolution Cases,” National Business Institute, January 2005
  • “Successful Financial Settlements for Your Divorce Client,” National Business Institute, June 15, 2007
  • “A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings,” National Business Institute, June 10, 2008
  • “Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces,” National Business Institute, December 5, 2008
  • “Child Evaluation in Custody and Support Litigation,” National Business Institute, March 2011
  • “Child Support and the Psychology of Support,” AAML Divorce Camp, September 2012 (presented with Kirsten Lysne, Ph.D, L.P.)
  • “What Family Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, April 20, 2012
  • “Zealous Advocacy and The Ethics of Family Law,” Olmstead County Family Law Section, October 18, 2012
  • “Family Law From A-Z,” National Business Institute, February 1, 2012 and February 13, 2013
  • “Will I Be Okay?,” Minnesota Chapter AAML Divorce Day Camp, May 10, 2013 (presented with Carin Thomas, CIMC, FVP)
  • “Four-Way Settlement Conferences,” Minnesota Chapter AAML Divorce Camp, September 27, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Revocation of Beneficiary Designations Upon Divorce,” Minnesota Lawyer, February 2014
  • Co-Author, “Intricacies of Drafting Qualified Domestic Relations Orders,” Minnesota Lawyer, November 2014
  • Author, “Family Matters,” Best Lawyer Business Edition magazine, summer 2016
  • Author, “Divide and Conquer,” Best Lawyer “Women in Law” Business Edition magazine, spring 2019
  • Author, "Managing Co-Parenting Time Schedules During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Clarification of What’s Allowed Under the Just Released Minnesota Executive Order 20-20," Henson Efron Thought Leadership, March 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association, 1994–1997
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1987
  • United States District Court, 1985
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
Educational Background:
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1980
  • 2022 Notable Women in Law Honoree, Twin Cities Business, Notable Women in Law Honoree, Twin Cities Business, 2022
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member of Managers, 2009–Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2019
  • Selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2013–2021
Industry Groups:
  • American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers; Minnesota Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association; Association Of Family And Conciliation Courts

Office location for Kathryn A. Graves

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-252-2840


22 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2023

Top Lists

Top 50: Women Minnesota Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018 Top 100: Women Minnesota Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006

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