Payton Yahn

Payton Yahn

Associate Attorney
Payton Yahn
“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top” – Yvon Chouinard

Areas Of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Magna cum laude
    • Awards: Dean’s Awards in Evidence, Criminal Law, Catholic Law, and Federal Income Taxation
    • Activities: Journal of Law & Public Policy; Research Assistant; Director of Events

Payton Yahn is a family law attorney who has been recognized for her academic achievements in law school. Graduating magna cum laude from University of St. Thomas School of Law, Payton has consistently demonstrated a dedication to excellence and a genuine passion for family law. During her academic work, Payton’s writing earned publication in the St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, reflecting her analysis and understanding of complex legal issues relating to will contests. In her family law role, Payton applies a combination of academic rigor and practical experience to her practice. She exhibits compassion in her practice and applies her extensive work as a judicial law clerk to help her clients understand how judges make decisions in family law cases. Her strategic approach to legal challenges reflects a commitment to providing clients with tailored and effective representation. Payton assists clients with the following issues in her family law practice:

Divorce and Legal Separation:
Initiating and navigating divorce proceedings.
Negotiating terms of separation, including asset division and spousal support

Child Custody and Visitation:
Establishing and modifying custody arrangements.
Resolving disputes related to visitation rights.

Child and Spousal Support:
Determining child support payments.
Addressing issues related to spousal support.

Property Division:
Assisting in the fair division of marital assets and debts.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements:
Drafting and reviewing agreements that outline financial arrangements before or after marriage.

Domestic Violence Issues:
Securing restraining orders to protect clients from domestic violence.
Providing legal support for victims of domestic abuse.

Paternity Matters:
Determining and establishing paternity rights and responsibilities.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Facilitating negotiations and settlements outside of court.

Post-Judgment Modifications:
Modifying court orders related to custody, support, or visitation.

Grandparents’ Rights:
Advocating for visitation or custody rights for grandparents.

Published Works

  • Conspiracy Theory Belief and the Case for Abolishing the Insane Delusion Doctrine, 16 U. ST. THOMAS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 516 (2023).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association , Member, Family Law Section
  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member
  • First Judicial District Bar Association, Member
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce