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Nathalie S. Rabuse

Nathalie S. Rabuse is a founding partner of DeSmidt Rabuse PLLC and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been repeatedly designated as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics.


Nathalie graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1994. Nathalie clerked for Charles A. Porter, then Chief Judge of Hennepin County Juvenile Court, from 1994 to 1996.


Nathalie’s practice covers all aspects of family law. Nathalie is committed to more than the practice of law, she is committed to her clients’ well-being.

Nathalie has been handling complex legal matters and educating her clients about alternative methods of dispute resolution since 1996. Whether a negotiated outcome is in her client’s best interests or a case proceeds to trial, Nathalie can be relied on for expert guidance through the legal process.

Nathalie also volunteers for the Hennepin County Limited Scope Legal Services Program representing needy persons in family law matters.

Nathalie S. Rabuse

DeSmidt Rabuse PLLC

900 IDS Center

80 South Eighth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

(612) 335-4281

Nathalie S. Rabuse

(612) 335-4281

Nathalie S. Rabuse - Shareholder and Attorney

Rated by Super Lawyers

Supplemental Skill
Parenting Consultant/Coordinator

Year Began Practice

Practice Areas
Family Law
Child Custody
Parenting Time
Child Support
Spousal Maintenance
Co-Habitation Agreements
Pre/Post-Nuptial Agreements
Domestic Abuse
Appellate Practice

Certified Legal Specialties

  • 6-Hour Family Law Early Case Management & Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) Training, 2008

  • 40-Hour Family Law Mediation Training, 2004

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1994
U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 1999

William Mitchell School of Law, St. Paul MN

Juris Doctor – 1994
William Mitchell Law Review, Staff Member, 1993-1994

Concordia College, St. Paul MN

Bachelor of Arts – 1989
Major: Communications and Organizational Behavior

Published Works

  • Cohabitation Agreements in Minnesota: Get It in Writing, The Hennepin Lawyer, May 2013

  • Did You Say Divorce Camp? Inside the Hennepin Lawyer, December 2009

  • Notes and Trends Column (Regular Contributor), Minnesota Bench and Bar, 1996-2003

Representative Cases

  • In Re the Welfare of the Children of T.J.M., A07-1328 (Minn. Ct. App. 2007)

  • Zapfel v. Zapfel, C8-02-1759 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)

  • Mize v. Kendall, 621 N.W.2nd 894 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001) review denied March 27, 2001

  • In the Matter of S.F.P. and D.B.L.P. to adopt J.G.E., C6-00-24 and C4-00-68.

  • In Re the Matter of the Welfare of R.G.W., C5-98-983 (Minn. App., December 22, 1998)

  • In Re the Matter of the Welfare of A.L.A., C0-97-2176 and C2-97-2292 (Minn. App., July 28, 1998)

  • Schroeder v. Schroeder, No. C7-98-130 (Minn. App. July 21, 1998)

  • In Re the Matter of the Welfare of Q.T.B. f/k/a/ J.T.B., C7-97-2093 and C9-97-2094 (Minn. App., May 26, 1998)

  • In Re the Matter of the Welfare of A.N.A., CO-97-1688 (Minn. App., March 3, 1998)

  • In Re the Matter of the Welfare of B.L.R., CO-97-1108 (Minn. App., December 2, 1997)

  • In Re the Marriage of Christopherson v. Christopherson, CO-96-2491 (Minn. App., July 8, 1997)

  • In Re the Termination of Parental Rights of Edward Landt to J.J.L., C3-961836 (Minn. App., April 29, 1997)

  • In Re the Marriage of Christopherson v. Christopherson, C9-95-2284 (Minn. App., June 25, 1996)


  • Family Law Series: Cohabitation Agreements, Minnesota CLE, November 19, 2014

  • The Basics of Property Division, Minnesota State Bar Association 30th Annual Family Law Institute, March 30, 2009        

  • The Basics of Spousal Maintenance, Minnesota State Bar Association 29th Annual Family Law Institute, April 1, 2008

  • Drafting Parenting Plans that Work for Parents and Children, Minnesota State Bar Association 23rd Annual Family Law Institute, March 25, 2002

  • Family Law Litigation in Minnesota, National Business Institute. December 18, 2001

  • Children’s Records Law in Minnesota, Lorman Education Services, November 14, 2001

  • Children’s Records Law in Minnesota, Lorman Education Services, August 2, 2001

  • Resolve Infertility Symposium, Surrogacy Contracts, May 3, 1997

Honors and Awards
Selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2022
Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars, 1998, 2002-2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Fellow, November 2004 - present

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Board of Managers, 2012-2015

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), liaison to the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) 2008 to 2012

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 2011 - present

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Children and the Law Section, Special Projects Committee 1998

  • Hennepin State Bar Association (HCBA), Member, 1994 - present

  • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), Co-Chair, Juvenile Law Committee 1997 to 1999

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Member, 1994 – present

  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2013 – 2015

  • Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, Member, 2014 - 2015

Pro Bono Activities / Community Service

  • Volunteer Hennepin County Limited Scope (Unbundled) Legal Services Program, 2009 to the present

  • Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee, Investigator and Panel Member, 2001-2013

  • Prairie View Elementary Art Masterpiece Presenter sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), 2008 – 2009

  • Children’s Workshop Minnetonka a Montessori Environment, Board Member, 2003 - 2007

  • Chrysalis Law Advisory Committee, Member, 2004 - 2006

  • Ad Hoc Surrogacy Committee, Member, 2000 - 2001)

  • Commissioner Eden Prairie Heritage Preservation Commission, Board Member, 1997

  • Special Olympics, Belgian Delegation Host/Translator, 1991


  • Flemish

  • Dutch

  • French

Adoption  |  Appeals  |   Family  |  Fertility  |  Juvenile  | Dispute Resolution

 DeSmidt Rabuse PLLC   |   900 IDS Center   |   80 South 8th Street    |    Minneapolis, MN  55402

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