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Carlo J. Martina

Carlo J. Martina PC
1158 S. Main Street Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734) 254-1140
Fax: (734) 254-1427

Professional Accreditations:

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV (Highest possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards) 2005-2019
Michigan Super Lawyers 2010-2020
Family Law Certificate recipient, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (I also teach the Custody and Parenting Time segment for this program)

Professional Accomplishments, including publications, seminar presentations, media presentations, etc.:

Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
• Member 2008 to present
• President, January 2018-January 2019
• Vice President January 2017 to January 2018

Michigan Bar Association: State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council Executive Board:
Chair 2008-2009
Chair Elect – 2007-2008
Treasurer 2006-2007
Corresponding Secretary 2005-2006
Recording Secretary 2003-2005

Chair/Co-Chair, Family Law Council, Family Support Committee, 2002-2019
Co-Chair, Family Law Council, Court Rules Committee, 2002-2003
Chair, Family Law Council Ad-Hoc Committee on Shared Economic Responsibility 2001-2002
Member Domestic Violence sub-committee, Alternative Dispute Resolutions Committee 2015-17

State Court Administrative Office The administrative office of the Michigan Supreme Court

  • SCAO Child Support Leadership Council member 2008-2011
  • Child Support Formula Manual Review Group, member, 2007 - 2020
    Family Forum, Coordination Committee Member 2006-2019
  • SCAO Domestic Relations Forms Committee 2013-2015
  • Michigan Child Support Formula Legislation Committee, Family Law Council Representative 2005-2006 (Chaired by Marilyn Stephen, Director of Michigan Office of Child Support)

Wayne County Family Law Bar Association:

 President, Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (WCFLBA) 2004-2005
 Co-Creator/Presenter of WCFLBA Annual Nuts & Bolts Seminar 2004-2008
 WCFLBA Legislative Committee Chair and Liaison to Family Law Council 2004-2006
 Chair, WCFLBA Strategic Planning Committee, 2003-2004

Oakland County Bar Association:

Appointed Member, Oakland County Bar Association Family Law Committee and Co-Chair of its Friend of the Court, Alimony Guidelines and Traversing The Family Court’s subcommittees 1999-2003
Appointed Member, Oakland County Family Law Task Force 2002-2003

Bar Association Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan 1979 to 2020
  • Wayne County Family Law Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Livingston County Bar Association


  • The Collaborative Evolution: Time to Stop Reflexively Litigating and Start Collaborating. Michigan Family Law Journal, November 2018
  • Throwing Baby Out With The Bathwater, Oakland County Bar Association, Latches magazine (A critical analysis of the proposed mandatory 50/50 parenting House Bill 4691) December 2018
  • Re-Thinking the Current Adjudication Guidelines, Chairperson’s Message, Michigan Family Law Journal, August 2009
  • 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 Seventh Edition, Michigan Family Law, 2004 and subsequent updates as necessary, through 2019
  • Effective Discovery Techniques In Domestic Violence Litigation, Oakland County Bar Association, Laches, October 2002
  • Seminar Presentations:

State Bar Family Law Council/ICLE:

Since 2001, I have given numerous seminar 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
Change of Domicile

Other Forums:

Speaker, State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Domestic Violence Attorney Training, “Pre Trial and Trial Practice” October 2010
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

Testimony On Behalf of Family Law Council:

Before the Michigan Supreme Court:

 2002 and 2005 regarding Proposed Changes to Michigan Child Support Manual
 2003 regarding Proposed Changes to Michigan Rules of Evidence 702, 703 and 1101

Before the Michigan Legislature:

Legislative Testimony on behalf of the Family Law Council before the Judiciary Committee, on proposed legislation I helped draft, to-wit, House Bill No. 6698, Michigan Child Support Formula Commission Act

Testimony On Behalf Of Wayne County Family Law Bar Association Before The Michigan Supreme Court:

Proposed Changes to Michigan Rules of Professional Responsibility 1.5


Arab American Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Purple Rose/Lifetime Achievement Award
Wayne County Council Against Family Violence, Special Recognition Award

Other Related Activities:

• Instructor, Wayne County Session, State Bar of Michigan Open Justice Project, designed to teach attorneys how to handle pro bono domestic violence cases, 2003 and 2005

• 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. 1984.

• Advisory Board Member, Arab American Coalition Against 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 and religious leaders to help stem and if necessary address domestic violence 2000-2007.
• Legal Consultant and Featured Speaker on community service video: Latchkey Kids: Home Alone And Safe. 1989

• Co-Publisher, MetroParent Magazine 1987-1993

• Den Leader 1994-1999, and Cub Master 1999-2001, Pack 1060, Birmingham, Mi

• Soccer Coach, Micro Soccer, Detroit County Day School 1991-1993

• Happily married husband of Marie Pulte 2000-forever, and proud dad of Adam Raphael Martina, Justin Ariel Martina and step dad to Melanie and Carly Slank

Military Service

• Basic training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 1971 (finished before my 18th birthday)
• Student, Air Intelligence Operations, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado 1972
• Air Intelligence Operations Specialist for the 127th Tactical Air Command 1972-1974 and then the 191st Aid Defense Command, Selfridge ANG Base, Michigan 1974-1977
• Honorable Discharge 1977