Whether you feel fearful or guilty, betrayed or confused, the prospect of divorce can be overwhelming. The future you had expected – maybe counted on – is nowhere in sight. Perhaps it vanished suddenly, or just faded over time. Finding a path forward to navigate the legal process, the financial and housing changes, and the emotional upheaval, can feel impossible. And when kids are involved, it can be hard to think of anything else.
LEIGH NOFFSINGER CAN HELP.
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. With her support, clients can emerge from divorce with renewed clarity on what matters most to them, and a sense of pride in having handled a life challenge with more grace than expected.
Leigh's law practice uses a wide range of approaches and skills. The three types of legal representation described below each involve very a different role for the attorney, and Leigh tailors her work to fit her clients' specific needs.
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 collaborative divorce process follows a series of meetings that help spouses identify their goals and interests, and explore settlement options to meet both of their needs. Although some collaborative cases might appear amicable or cordial, far more involve spouses working their way through difficult conflicts around parenting, division of assets, alimony, and child support.
On a rare occasion, a divorce process does require court intervention. Because resolving disputes without litigation requires cooperation from both spouses, sometimes 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.