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Barbara is a North Carolina family law and divorce attorney in Durham. She has dedicated her entire career to the service families even before she became a lawyer. For a decade she taught at-risk high school students while she worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and then served as a probation officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Barbara graduated from the North Carolina Central School of Law with honors in 2005. She was an Associate with the family law firm of Donna Ambler Davis in Chapel Hill before she established her own family law practice in May, 2008. She and Julie Woodmansee established Woodmansee & Szombatfalvy in 2012.

Barbara works to establish strong, positive relationships with her clients and helps them navigate the emotional upheavals of divorce, achieve financial stability, and reduce the stress that divorce places on children. Whether in negotiation or litigation, she is a tough and determined advocate working to protect the best interests of her clients. In 2013, she completed training as a collaborative family law attorney as well as training for Guardian Ad Litem and Parenting Coordinator for the Triangle.

Barbara is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Durham County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and the 14th Judicial District Bar.

Barbara enjoys hiking, yoga, and reading, and has been active rescuing and fostering stray and neglected dogs in the Triangle area. She takes great pleasure in exploring all of the great activities – parks, museums, theaters, restaurants – and meeting all the interesting people that Durham has to offer, and she is excited about the dynamic changes occurring in her adopted city.

  • Western Washington University, BA magna cum laude, 1992
  • North Carolina Central School of Law, Juris Doctor cum laude, 2005
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, 2024

    • 3001 Academy Road, Suite 120
      Durham, NC 27707
    • North Carolina Central University, J.D., graduated 2005
    Bar Admissions
    • North Carolina, North Carolina Bar Association

    Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
    • Family Law


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