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Carolyn M. Halk

Divorce and separation Attorney at Staten Island, NY

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  • Licensed for 43 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1981
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A highly respected Staten Island attorney, Carolyn Halk has a wonderful reputation throughout the state of New York. Her decades of effort in matrimonial and family law have paved the path to amicable resolutions for numerous divorcing couples. Clients appreciate her compassionate nature and her proactive representation style. She is a strong advocate to have in your corner as you navigate the confusion of the divorce process.

Academic Background and Professional History
Carolyn Halk has long demonstrated a clear passion for the legal industry and the wellbeing of families residing throughout the state of New York. Prior to attending law school, she graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the esteemed Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. She’s since completed extensive mediation and arbitration training sponsored by the NYS Office of Court Administration and the United States Bankruptcy Court’s Southern District of New York. Additionally, she’s served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Staten Island/New Jersey Lighthouse.

Throughout her tenure as a family law attorney, Carolyn Halk has been heavily involved with the legal community, maintaining an active membership with such prominent organizations as the NYS Bar Association and the Richmond County Bar Association and NYS Women’s Bar Association. She is highly respected by fellow attorneys, who admire her persistent, yet compassionate approach.

Approach to Law
Compassion is a key quality at the office of Carolyn M. Halk, Esq., where every client is granted the care and attention he or she deserves. Carolyn Halk understands the stressful nature of the divorce process and other family matters, and she is determined to reduce the anxiety associated with these legal ordeals as much as possible. Her efforts have clearly paid off, as many clients speak highly of her kindhearted counsel and patient guidance.

A strong sense of empathy is an integral component of family law, but it must also be accompanied by a clear understanding of the local legal system. Carolyn Halk has the in-depth knowledge needed to resolve complex matrimonial matters. She’s trained extensively and it shows in her adept handling of difficult cases.

Prompt and effective legal counsel is key as you deal with stressful family matters, so contact Carolyn M. Halk, Esq. at your earliest convenience. With Carolyn Halk’s help, you can make it through the complications of the legal system successfully, and start fresh, free of legal stressors.


Carolyn M. Halk
1 Edgewater St Ste 701
Staten Island, NY, 10305-4900


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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney
I consulted with Ms. Halk in December of 2013. She walked me through the steps and beside me for 4 1/2 years. She was compassionate, educated, level headed and fair. She was the strength that helped me endure the worst. She did everything she could to help me get my fair settlement as we were dealing with a very vindictive ex. All my fears were put to rest with her knowledgeable advice. She never made me feel like I was bothering her and was very amenable when it came to my finances. Her fee is fair. She is not about the money like so many attorneys are. She is extremely kind but firm. If she doesn't think you are upfront with her she will refer you to someone who would be a better fit. She educates you as well. By the end of my divorce, I feel like I knew the law as well. She will never lead you astray. She even took the time to make my daughter feel comfortable at a very tumultuous time in her life. I would highly recommend Carolyn. Her staff is just as kind and helpful.....We are now friends.
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Posted by Nataly | February 2, 2017
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Amazing attorney!
Divorce is not a pleasant experience. To prevail in court, your story needs to be told through the truth and evidence. Carolyn Halk represented me and my son through a very complicated divorce that involved child custody issues , supervised visitation, domestic violence and other concerns. It was a long journey and a very difficult time for me and my son. Carolyn eased my nerves with her confidence because she was always on top of my case. She always answered every question and concern I had. She always returned my phone calls, set up meetings and prepared paperwork in a timely fashion. Her experience and expertise saved my life and my future in the courtroom. Carolyn HaIk made me feel like a family member instead of a case number. She will always have your best interest at heart. When the judge ruled in our favor, I couldn’t help but feel blessed! Thank you Carolyn. I highly recommend her services to anyone who is going through a divorce and seeking the best legal professional help.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2016
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Best Divorce Attorney anyone is lucky to find!!!
Its been a long journey for me in my divorce and custody litigation but I thank God and a person who referred me to Carolyn everyday because I know my best interests are in the good hands and I could sleep well at night knowing that. Carolyn is my angel and my second attorney, first ones were completely incompetent and made me almost loose my house and custody, but as soon as I found Carolyn, my whole situation totally changed. I got everything I wanted and more. She is the most honest, smartest, knowledgeable attorney out there. Very well respected in court by judges, other attorneys and all other professionals. Always telling you the truth about the whole situation and never plays around with the facts as other attorneys do. I am absolutely amused by her quick thinking and smart navigations of the issues. Not once I was able to see how her quick thinking got me more than I expected when I didn't expect it at all. I am absolutely confident that Carolyn always have her clients best interests in mind in the first place and will do everything to help you get you life back and everything else you want from divorce and custody battle. There is no better attorney out there than Carolyn!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
True Professional
I would rate my review of Carolyn Halk as above excellent because of how she handled my case that involved children, support, and other personal considerations. Well, I received everything I wanted and more. Best of all, I received true expert counseling regarding my case, personal life, and the future of my children. Carolyn really looks out for your best interests as if you were her own family and the office is pretty nice too, very decorative and homey! As soon as you meet Carolyn you will feel as if you have the smartest best friend looking out for you. So, with that said, if you are seeking a lawyer to represent your best interests concerning yourself, children and finances, look no further. You will be truly pleased with your outcome and feel as though a huge burden was lifted off of you!
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2018
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Think twice
I hired Carolyn for a custody order that was change on me after I left the courtroom. She had agreed to take my case she Drew up the motion but she never got us a date to get in front of the judge I spent 2 years after that trying to get in touch with them I called send emails I even went into the office but no one would ever see me or call me back. Finally over 2 years later I spoke to her she said that she defended me for what I hide her for and that she was done with a case but that is not true we never went to court. So I said give me my paperwork back and the rest of my retainer and I will move on she claims she sent me a bill two months before stating that my retainer was used but it was not true I was not in contact with them for 2 years why would they send me a bill 2 months earlier did not make sense so I spent 2500 wasted 2 years and I am back where I started user beware read this carefully and think twice.
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Work Experience

  • Lawyer & Certified Mediator
  • Carolyn M. Halk, Esq.
  • 1981 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • College of Staten Island
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Adjunct Professor
  • St Johns University Law School
  • 1983 - 1985


  • Benjamin Cardozo Law Sch
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • St John's University
  • B.A. summa cum laude
  • 1977


  • Richmond County Bar Association, Family Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Business & Professional Women's Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • New York State Women
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Matrimonial & Dispute Committee
  • Appointed Arbitrator
  • 1995 - Present
  • Richmond County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 1985 - Present
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • Judiciary Committee
  • 1981 - Present
  • Staten Island Women's Bar Association
  • Advisory Board, Past President
  • 1980 - Present
  • Staten Island University Hospital
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Amethyst House
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Staten Island Women's Bar Association
  • President
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Victim's Services Agency Pro Bono Counsel
  • Advisory Board
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Lighthouse Staten Island/New Jersey
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Staten Island Women's Bar Association, Referral Panel
  • Chair
  • 1992 - 1996
  • American Association of University Women
  • Member
  • 1990 - 1998
  • Staten Island Women's Bar Association
  • President
  • 1984 - 1984
  • Guy Molinari's Lawyer Defense Panel
  • Chair
  • 1981 - 1983
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Expertise Recognition
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Woman of Distiction
  • Business & Professional Women's Assoc.
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Membership conference
  • Property Distribution in Divorce
  • 2004
  • Legal Seminar
  • Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration
  • 1998
  • Domestic Violence Conference
  • Domestic Violence & Child Custody
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Halk is a dedicated attorney who fights hard for her clients. Her ethics are above reproach and I highly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had many divorce cases with Carolyn over the past 20+ years. She has always fought hard for her clients and is always well-prepared. A true professional!"

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Staten Island Divorce and separation Lawyer Carolyn M. Halk
Carolyn M. Halk
Divorce and separation Attorney
Staten Island, NY
Licensed for 43 years
Virtual consultation available