Ciska Elsinga

Family lawyer and MfN-registered mediator

Ciska’s a level-headed, down-to-earth sort of person who likes to call a spade a spade. She’s open, frank and to the point in her dealings with clients. She has a natural sense of empathy and is always ready to defend the interests of children. While her overriding aim is to find solutions that allow the parties to bury the hatchet, she is nonetheless a force to reckon with in court. ‘What would you prefer: to go to court or to actually solve the dispute? We can always find a solution! Together we can come up with a diagnosis and find a way of resolving the dispute.’

Ciska studied law and business administration at Groningen University and was called to the bar in 2004. After spending three years in general practice, Ciska decided to specialise in the law of persons and family law in the broadest sense of the word.

Having acquired a wealth of experience as a mediator in divorce cases, Ciska now finds that the courts often refer cases to her for mediation. She is both a member of the Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) and an MfN-registered mediator.

If you’re a business owner who is in the process of getting a divorce, you may wish to ask Ciska for advice and assistance. She also regularly deals with cases involving an international dimension. She acts as a special guardian for minors and is regularly appointed by the court to act as a special guardian or administrator in a wide range of legal settings. Ciska is experienced in dealing with cases involving juvenile civil law, juvenile criminal law and the rights of psychiatric patients. 

Ciska spent almost 10 years working for a small law firm in the north of the country, before moving to a mid-sized office in the town of Gouda, where she spent four years. She moved to Leiden for personal reasons in 2013. 


  • Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) 
  • Dutch Federation of Mediators (MfN)
  • Candidate member of the Association of Collaborative Professionals


  • Law and business administration (Groningen University)


  • English
  • Frisian
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