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Leah J. duCharme

A native of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Leah is a Senior Shareholder at Gjesdahl Law, P.C. After graduating from Moorhead State University, she joined the firm in 2000 as a paralegal, and became a practicing attorney for the firm in 2007.  Leah graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law and was accepted into the Order of the Coif (an honor bestowed to the top 10% of her graduating class).  Her practice is exclusively devoted to serving and helping families.  As a wife, and mother of two children, Leah appreciates the importance of family.  She strives to help other families navigate through difficult times and life-changing transitions.

Leah's Expertise

Practice Areas

  • Divorce, general
  • Divorce, high net worth
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Parenting Investigation
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Domestic Abuse and Harassment
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Negotiating
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Adoption
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Leah's Credentials

Education & Licensure


  • Aberdeen Central High School, 1995
  • Moorhead State University, B.S., Paralegal, 1998
  • University of North Dakota School of Law, JD with distinction, 2007

Licenses and Admissions:

  • State Bar of North Dakota, 2007
  • State Bar of Minnesota, 2008
Leah's Achievements





Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • University of North Dakota, Order of the Coif (2007)
  • North Dakota Law Review, Student Articles Editor
  • University of North Dakota Burtness Scholar Research Assistant
  • University of North Dakota Student Faculty Committee Member for the Student Bar Association
  • North Dakota State Bar Association (Family Law Section Chair 2011-2012)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • Ronald N. Davis American Inn of Court (President 2014-2016)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professional
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
  • North Dakota Collaborative Law Group (Chair 2013-2016)
  • North Dakota State Bar Association Pro Bono Committee (2014 – present)
  • North Dakota State Bar Association Family Law Task Force (Co-Chair 2015-present)
  • North Dakota State Bar Association Ethics Committee (2013 – present)
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star selectee (2016)


  • Program Moderator, “What Family Court Judges Want you to Know;” National Business Institute (2008)
  • Family Law Basics; Grand Forks Air Force Base Legal Office and the Air Force Legal Assistance Program (2012)
  • Divorce 101; North Dakota State Bar Association (2014)


  • “The Cost of a Higher Education: Post-Minority Child Support in North Dakota,” North Dakota Law Review (Volume 82, number 1), 2006
  • “What Family Court Judges Want you to Know,” National Business Institute, 2008
  • “Divorce 101: Breaking Down the Basics” North Dakota State Bar Association, 2014

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Leah's Blog Posts

Blog Posts


To come out as transgender often involves telling people about your preferred pronouns. (she/her, he/him or they/them). You may also want to adopt a new name. To come out as trans is obviously a diff…


At Gjesdahl Law, we are attorneys for families and our clients matter to us. For now, while we remain open and available for families experiencing transition issues, we balance accessibility with conc…


If you’re involved in a dispute, it’s likely a court will urge you to consider Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In fact, in North Dakota, courts require parties to discuss ADR. So, what is Alter…

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Children and finances are major concerns at the end of a marriage or civil partnership. You want to do the best you can for your children, but resolving the complicated issues related to childcare arr…


When going through a legal dispute, there can be confusion regarding the decision to use a traditional attorney or a mediator. Many times, people mistakenly believe they must pick between the two opti…

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