Rebecca J. Guyette
Partner, Attorney & Mediator
Rebecca has been practicing family law for eighteen years, and has guided many clients through challenging life transitions. Her Wayzata, Minnesota law practice includes marriage dissolution, child custody, paternity, antenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. In addition to working as a family law attorney, she also works as a family law mediator.
Many of Rebecca’s clients have difficult property issues, including closely held businesses, tracing non-marital assets, and cash flow analysis. She also assists clients with child-centered parenting plans that encompass unique family structures. Some of her clients have spouses who have opted not to retain an attorney, which can pose some difficult challenges.
Rebecca’s dissolution practice also includes Collaborative Law clients, all of whom have chosen to focus on settlement rather than litigation. In these cases, Rebecca strives to promote peaceful resolutions to conflict whenever possible so as not to increase the financial and emotional costs. She was among the first collaborative professionals in Minnesota, and has been a Collaborative Family Law attorney for ten years, and a member of the Collaborative Law Institute since its inception. She encourages clients to use the Collaborative model as a method of empowerment as well as a vehicle for achieving a more emotionally balanced and fiscally sound outcome for both themselves and their children. Rebecca strives to provide exceptional guidance and advocacy to each one of her clients whether they are parties in a collaborative case, mediation or litigation.
Rebecca is also a member of the Minnesota Christian lawyers. This alliance maintains a commitment to practicing law with values akin to their Christian faith.
Rebecca obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Hamline University School of Law. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar and the Hennepin County Bar Association. Rebecca is an active member in the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, the West Metro Collaborative Professionals, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Rebecca also answers emergency family law questions from Crisis Connection.
Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, life at the cabin, and riding Arabian horses in Western pleasure classes. She actively cheers for her daughters in their respective sports, which include national speed-skating competitions, Arabian horse shows and high school volley ball games. Currently, she is also teaching fourth grade religious education.
“Not only was Rebecca quick to respond to my questions, empathetic to my frustrations, and highly knowledgeable about the legal process, she (perhaps most importantly) was encouraging to me when I needed it more than ever before. She empowered me when I had to make difficult moves and was unsure of my abilities. It is one thing to have counsel who knows their stuff, but when they also inspire you during your darkest days, you are in a good place.” J. S.