Advocating for Families
Divorce can bring out the worst in people — spouses and lawyers alike. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Leigh Noffsinger’s family law practice is rooted in the belief that sound guidance from lawyers acting with integrity can keep the inevitable anxiety and anger during a divorce process in check. Rather than allowing high emotions to derail negotiations or escalate conflicts to court, Leigh provides a calm and supportive approach, aimed at meeting client needs and reaching equitable settlements.
One of the most experienced collaborative divorce attorneys in Western Washington, Leigh has handled a wide range of divorce cases, most using a collaborative rather than litigated approach:
High net worth clients with complex assets
Parents or children with particular needs requiring nuanced parenting plans
High profile clients needing added privacy protections
Clients needing extra referrals and support as they struggle with addiction or mental illness
Leigh is an attorney who’s passionate about supporting families in transition, gently steering them back to the high road and out of the weeds. She works with progressive-minded clients to reach fair outcomes, for stable happy homes after marriages end.
1001 Fourth Avenue, 32nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
187 Parfitt Way SW, Suite 275
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Legal Support Tailored to Your Needs and Budget
A well-established conflict resolution process now codified in Washington statutes, collaborative law uses a team approach of specially trained professionals (lawyers, financial analysts, and mental health counselors) to provide holistic support to families in transition. A meetings-based approach helps spouses identify their goals and interests, and explore settlement options to meet both of their needs. A collaborative law process provides a highly structured method for spouses working their way through difficult conflicts around parenting, division of assets, alimony, and child support.
Because resolving disputes without litigation requires cooperation from both spouses, on a rare occasion a judge's decision provides the only way forward. When necessary, Leigh can represent clients in court with a respectful and reasonable approach. Leigh counsels clients to view court as a last resort because of the extreme financial and emotional costs that too often result. But, when litigation becomes necessary, Leigh's varied litigation experience makes her well-equipped to provide strong advocacy in court.
Sometimes divorcing spouses have extremely limited resources for legal representation, or they have reached easy agreement on a simple division of assets. In cases where minimal lawyer involvement is needed or wanted, Leigh can provide do-it-yourself packets and narrowly tailored services. Consistent with her belief that clients should have access to as much or as little legal advice as they desire, Leigh will meet to answer legal questions, coach clients behind the scenes, draft documents, or review agreements reached in mediation -- all for a reasonable cost.