Carlo J. Martina

Carlo J. Martina

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Plymouth, MI

Carlo J. Martina, P.C.
 | 1158 South Main Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: 734-254-1140
Fax: 734-254-1427
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

For 40 years, Carlo has been dedicated to serving his clients’ interests utilizing approaches most suited to their particular case. From use of the Collaborative process to formal court proceedings, early stage mediation or in rare case, trial, Carlo draws on his experience to resolve family law disputes effectively but respectfully.  As former President, Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan; Chair, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Council and Co-Chair of its Family Support Committee; President, Wayne County Family Law Bar Association; member, Oakland County Family Law Task Force and member of the Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Livingston County Bar Associations, Carlo is experienced both in and out of the Courtroom. Published extensively, Carlo has written and or given lectures on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, Michigan Judicial Institute and Institute for Continuing Legal Education on issues including custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, evidence, ethics, discovery, domestic violence and remedies for dissipation of marital assets.

About Carlo Martina

Admitted: 1979, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • 2011 Purple Rose Lifetime Acheivement Award, Wayne County Council Against Family Violence, 2009 Spirit Award; , ACCESS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Collaborative Law Certification

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board member, immediate past President, Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, 2019
  • State Bar of Michigan: Chairman, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council '08-'09;  Family Law Council Executive Board '02-'09; Chair /Co-Chair of Council's Family Support Committee '02-'09; Co-Chair Council's Court Rules Committee '02-'03. Family Forum, Coordination Committee Member '06-'09. Supreme Court Appointee, Child Support Leadership Council '08-'09.Wayne County Family Law Bar Association: President'04-05; Co-Creator/Presenter of  Annual Nuts and Bolts Seminar '04;  Chair, Strategic Planning Committee '03-'04; Liaison to the Family Law Council '04-'06.Oakland County Bar Association: Appointed Member, Oakland County Family Law Council, and Co-Chair, Friend of the Court, Alimony Guidelines and Traversing the Family Courts subcommittees '99-'03. Livingston County Bar Association, member, and presentor on the then-new 2008 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Instructor, Wayne County Session, State Bar of Michigan Open Justice Project, designed  to teach attorneys how to handle pro bono domestic violence cases '03-'05; Advisory Board Member, Legal Alternatives For Women (a National Council of Jewish Women project) which provided  legal and psychological information to survivors of domestic violence, irrespective of their faith or background '83; Advisory Board Member, Coalition On Domestic Violence (a project of the Arab Community Center For Economic And Social Services [ACCESS]), providing assistance to the communities domestic violence survivors and working with  and sharing information with community leaders to help stem domestic violence. '01-'05; Legal Consultant and Featured Speaker on community service video:  Latchkey Kids:  Home Alone And Safe '89; Co-founder/co-publisher, MetroParent Magazine 1984-1993; Den Leader 1994-1999, and Cub Master 1999-2001, Pack 1060, Birmingham, Mi;  Soccer Coach, Micro Soccer, DCDS, 1991-1993  

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lectures  for the State Bar of Michigan/Institute of Continuing Legal ; Since 2001, I have given over a dozen presentations on behalf of the Family Law Council/ICLE on numerous subjects, including:§ Custody and Parenting Time§ Comparison of remedies for dissipation of marital assets§ Changes in the Michigan Rules of Evidence§ Changes in the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct§ Discovery techniques in domestic violence cases§ Acquisition of Personal Protection Orders§ Changes in the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual§ Ethical Considerations in Retainer Contracts, post Grievance Administrator v Cooper Lectures at Other Forums: Speaker, Michigan Judicial Institute, Family Division, Referee's Seminar, "Observations of a Family Law Practitioner" 2006; Speaker, Detroit Metropolitan Council of Churches Seminar on Domestic Violence 1999. Recent Publications: Parental Alienation is a Lot Like Obscenity: It's Hard To Define, But You Know It When You See It. Chairperson's Message, Michigan Family Law Journal, February 2009; Compromise and Moderation in a Time of Financial Insecurity. Chairperson's Message, Michigan Family Law Journal, January 2009; Holidays Through the Eyes of a Child, Chairperson's Message, Michigan Family Law Journal, December 2009; Overview of Child Support Formula Manual Revisions, effective Oct. 1, 2008 Michigan Family Law Journal, October 2008; Use Of Ex Parte Orders In Family Law Proceedings, Michigan Family Law Journal, Special Edition, January 2007; Observations Of A Family Law Practitioner, Referee's Quarterly, Michigan Referee's Association, December 2005;  Introducing The New MRE 702, 703, and 1101:  Responding To Dramatic Changes In The Rules Regarding Expert Testimony, Michigan Family Law Bar Journal June/July 2004;  Developing A Family Law Practice, Chapter 1 of ICLE's Sixth Edition, Michigan Family Law, 2004, and subsequent updates as necessary; Effective Discovery Techniques In Domestic Violence Litigation, Oakland County Bar Association, Laches, October 2002

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • I have testified on Behalf of the State Bar of Michgan Family Law Council before the Michgan Supreme Court on issues regarding proposed modifications to the Michigan Rules of Evidence, and Michigan Child Support Manual, and before that Court on behalf of the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association regarding proposed modifications to the Michigan Rules of Professional Responsability.

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Bachelor's degree with High Distinction, 1976

Industry Groups

  • Collaborative Practice Institute Of Michigan
  • Michigan Association For Justice
  • Michigan Bar Association
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Office Location for Carlo J. Martina

1158 South Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

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Last Updated: 3/24/2020

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