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Kim Marie Ciesinski

Divorce and separation Attorney at Carle Place, NY

4.5   35 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Kim

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Whether you seek collaborative divorce, mediation or litigation, Kim represents clients in all aspects of divorce and family law matters including, custody, parenting time schedules, spousal maintenance, child support, distribution of assets, pre-nuptial and post- nuptial agreements, as well as post –judgment proceedings.

    34 years

  2. Child support

  3. Family


For over 25 years, my legal career has been focused exclusively in the area of Divorce and Family Law. I represent clients in all aspects of divorce and family law matters, including divorce, custody, parenting schedules, support, equitable distribution, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and post-judgment proceedings.

Sadly, the word "divorce" has become synonymous with "destruction." But it does not have to be that way. I believe that divorce can and should be a process of restructuring the financial and parental aspects of a family unit in the most cost effective way with the least amount of emotional distress as possible. To that end, my practice focuses on collaborative divorce, mediation, and negotiated settlement in litigated matrimonial cases as highly effective alternatives to adversarial litigation. 

My goal is to ensure that my client's interests are heard, understood and acknowledged so that the work of restructuring can occur and a fair settlement can be reached as early as possible. 

A strong advocate for families, I am certified in mediation from the Ackerman Institute for the Family and highly trained in Collaborative Interdisciplinary Practice from the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. I am also a Special Master for the Nassau County Supreme Court, appointed by Judges to assist in resolving highly contentious matrimonial cases before trial.

In addition to my professional legal experience, I am active in fundraising, philanthropy and community work through several organizations, including Girls Inc., Long Island, The Junior Welfare League of Huntington, The Safe Center, Hofstra University’s Women in Leadership Initiative, and the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College.


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Kim M. Ciesinski, Esq.,PLLC ADR Law
One Old Country Rd - suite 210
Carle Place, NY, 11518


4.5 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great and impartial mediator
The best thing about Kim was that she was more of a mediator throughout, helping us understand the options and a lawyer only when that was called for. Was able to make something very difficult, easier. Thank you
Posted by Kevin | July 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable and Thoughtful
Kim is great! From our initial meeting through the finalization of my divorce Kim always showed empathy, kindness, patience and firmness. Kim ensured I had complete clarity on each issue and guided me through every step of the process. Kim is passionate about what she does and it shows in her work. If anyone is looking for knowledgeable attorney who is committed to helping her clients, go to Kim.
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Posted by Erica | July 16, 2023
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Ms. Ciesinski was an amazing asset that helped my family move forward through a terrible situation. I originally hired her to help me with a child support issue. My circumstances quickly changed, and I found myself needing a lawyer for a radical change in custody. Kim seamlessly, and instantly changed tactics and jumped right in to help me with the custody issue. She was amazing. She used her extensive legal knowledge and experience to help me win my case. It was clear that she is passionate about her work. She was also compassionate with my nervousness - always willing to listen and calmly advise me.
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Posted by Michele | November 4, 2022
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Kim was more than just a lawyer/ mediator- she was like a marriage counselor and completely on both sides. She was gentle, kind, knowledgeable, direct, and moved it along rather quickly. She was so patient and understanding when I was highly stressed and confused. Her cost was less than many lawyers I researched. Her office staff was always kind and welcoming. Kim would fit us in and was very flexible with our time frame. You will not regret hiring her and trusting her professionalism.
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Posted by Kevin | November 3, 2022
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We hired Kim as a consultant and then as a mediator. Kim’s experience and expertise led us to mediation instead of a bloody legal fight. She was patient, compassionate and available throughout the whole process. Divorce can bring out the ugliest traits in both parties. Kim’s experience and knowledge kept that from happening which aloud us to save money and keep the process moving forward. I can’t thank her enough for the work she provided!
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Posted by Jeff | October 26, 2022
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Firm, Fair, Supportive and Honest
Those are some of the adjectives I would use to describe Kim's handling of my divorce case. I went to her after a failed mediation and while my ex-wife's attorney did some showboating, Kim stayed focused, worked with me to develop realistic expectations and then communicated my position in an even-keeled and firm way. She responded to calls and texts quickly - even after-hours - and updated me on case developments regularly. She was courteous and professional to everyone around the table and potentially contentious case was resolved without drama. I would recommend Kim to anyone and already have!
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Posted by Elizabeth | December 30, 2021
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Awesome attorney!
Kim was very personable and professional. She did a good job mediating between my my spouse and I. Because if Kim I reconciled with my husband! I truly recommend her!
Posted by Elia | December 9, 2021
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Excellent attorney
Kim is an exceptional person and attorney. Very professional, highly capable and knowledgeable, but most of all a great human being. I will be forever grateful for all she did for me. Thank you Kim for giving me the confidence that everything would be fine and it did. I highly recommend Kim to anyone.
Posted by Georgia | October 13, 2021
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Very knowledgeable and Compassionate
I wasn’t sure I could even begin the fight for my life. I was so used to the abuse I thought it would just be my life forever. Kim walked me through it all, she was honest about the system and what to expect. If you are searching for an attorney look no further. You will not find a better attorney.
Posted by Grace | September 24, 2021
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Kim was the third attorney I consulted with after making the scariest decision of my life. After speaking with her for about 30 minutes, I knew she was the lawyer I needed on my side. I walked into that first meeting terrified, broken, unsure and clueless. After translating all of this to Kim, I walked out that day feeling empowered, confident and sure about my decision. Although my divorce was an extremely challenging process, Kim was reassuring, confident, extremely knowledgeable, professional and well respected by her peers. She is the type of person who gets things done.
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Posted by Susan | September 15, 2020
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My COVID-19 & Divorce
Covid-19 & quarantine is difficult as it is, but throw in a divorce, and its almost impossible. Fortunately, I was introduced to Kim by my Estate attorney. Kim was patient, knowledgeable & professional. Kim understood my needs and stood by me with a lot of patience & understanding. She has thorough knowledge of the law and I am thankful to have used her as my attorney.
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Posted by Peter | September 9, 2020
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My Divorce was simply a reality that I did not want to deal with. My objective was to settle amicably, but in the truest sense of the word, with respect and real consideration for the past, present and the years to come. After consulting with 2 other professionals, I sat down with Kim and I knew immediately that she was the perfect human being and Attorney to help navigate me thru the fear and uncertainty of this endeavor. I could not be happier with my choice and can honestly say that she and her team made what I thought would be a painful and endless process, extremely tolerable and on point. Kim always availed me of all of the important information I would need to know, mitigating any surprises or unforeseen hurdles and expenses. She is firm, a listener and has a very commanding presence at the table but with a real human touch and that to me is her and was my greatest asset during our proceedings. I could not recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by ANTHONY | September 9, 2020
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So as an attorney myself, I know how divorce attorney's and divorce cases drag on and on. Kim plays no part in that game and is ALWAYS looking out for her client's best interests. Extremely competent, forceful when necessary, sympathetic, REASONABLE, and a complete pleasure to have had on my side. Would not use or recommend ANYONE ELSE.
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Posted by Robert F | September 9, 2020
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Kim Moved Things Along Very Quickly
Kim was professional, firm and efficient throughout the whole process. My best interest was in the forefront both in the negotiation and the cost aspect. The billing was very fair and I would strongly recommend her.
Posted by Anne M. | February 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Kim made a difficult time much easier for me to navigate. She is both professional and compassionate. Kim and her assistant Karen were exceptionally responsive to my many questions, concerns, emails and calls. Her fee was quite reasonable. I highly recommend Kim if you need to go through a separation or divorce.
Posted by Negin | January 22, 2020
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My savior
I found Kim on avvo when I was going through a very messy and complicated divorce. Kim saved me from losing my life and was like a light in my Dark. Not only she handled my legal matter with Such precise research and enthusiasm, her and her assistant Karen made sure u understood every step of my divorce and explain every little detail to me with such patience and care. I transferred my case To Kim from a very prestigious law firm in Long Island and could have not Made a better choice. Kim is very knowledgeable but mostly very caring. It is so important to trust your divorce attorney and I had complete confident and trust in Kim in court and outside of court. She is such an advocate for children and that for a mother is so important during a divorce. I highly recommend Kim and her professional staff and I thank her every chance I get for being there for me. I cannot express my Gratitude enough for her professionalism and her extensive knowledge about divorce, child custody and separation.
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Posted by Eddie | February 22, 2019
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My Divorce
Kim helped navigate my divorce, being one of the most difficult situations of my life. Her experience was outstanding. I would highly recommend Kim.
Posted by Neil | April 7, 2018
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Collaborative Professional
I have worked with Kim on many cases as a family specialist/divorce coach during a collaborative divorce. I am always impressed by her skills and integrity as a lawyer, and how well she represents her clients. Many people seek her out because of her outstanding reputation and her ability to humanize a difficult situation. She is able to easily grasp the key elements of a divorce and communicate them with a clarity that enables both parties to understand the issues and productively work towards an agreement. With this as a foundation, their agreement works for them individually and for their family. Reaching such an agreement is the essence and goal of a collaborative divorce. What Kim contributes makes finding mutually beneficial solutions easier.
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Posted by Dawn | April 6, 2018
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Kim Ciesinski is in a league of her own
Going through a very difficult challenging divorce is never easy , especially when the welfare of a child is at stake. I could search till the end of time and never find the right words that capture my gratitude for hiring Ms. Ciesinski. There are a multitude of reasons why I feel this deeply. She truly understood my situation and guided me through it both professionally and with compassion . It was always about working together to get through a terrible divorce with the least about of stress and anxiety. She would constantly not only reassure but prove to me that I would get through this challenge and come out stronger. Through court appearances and many conferences I no longer felt frightened or scared , I knew that Ms Ciesinski not only had my back , she held my heart and she knew exactly how to find my peace through a complicated legal system. Like , I mentioned earlier , I could never find the words to express my gratitude, but I will always continue to try . Kim Ciesinski is in a league of her own.
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Posted by Eliot | April 4, 2018
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Breaking up was not so hard to do!!
As a lawyer with significant assets and three children who was getting divorced, I wanted a pragmatic, cost effective, no nonsense attorney as a mediator. Kim was all of the above and more. Reasonably priced (without any professional courtesy), she guided my ex and myself seamlessly through a divorce which could have been drawn out and infinitely more painful on multiple fronts.
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Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Kim M. Ciesinski, Esq., PLLC - ADR Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Schwartz & Ciesinski, LLP
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Tabat, Cohen, Blum & Yovino, LLP
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • DiMascio & Associates,LLP
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Principal
  • Law Office of Kim M. Ciesinski
  • 1997 - 2009
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  • Molloy College
  • Trustee
  • 2016
  • N.Y.U. Heyman Center For Philanthropy and Fundraising
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • 2009
  • Ackerman Institute For The Family
  • Mediation certifcation
  • 2009
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1989
  • Hofstra University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • New York Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Law certification
  • N/A
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  • EAC Net work
  • Board of Directors
  • 2020 - Present
  • Nassau County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hofstra University Women in Leadership Iniative
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • Red Cross Long Island
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Judge Gail Prudenti Top Women in Law Award
  • Hofstra University Center for Children, Families and the Law
  • 2016
  • Leadership in Law
  • Long Island Business News
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business
  • Long Island Business News
  • 2016
  • Top Legal Eagle
  • Long Island Pulse Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Legal Eagle
  • Long Island Pulse Magazine
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • CISCO Women of Impact Conference
  • Women of Impact
  • 2015
  • Hauppauge Industrial Association's Executive Breakfast
  • Women of Influence
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kim is an excellent attorney who possesses qualities of professionalism and advocacy."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kim is top notch. Not only is she professional and experienced but she is compassionate and caring as well."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is an excellent honest attorney"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kim is an incredible attorney. I have had the privilege of working with her on a number of cases and have seen first hand how knowledgeable she is and how dedicated she is to her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is a very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to her clients' success."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is an extremely knowledgeable and competent attorney, and she works very hard for her clients. She is also honest and honorable in her dealings with other attorneys, and her goal is to fairly settle a case after all necessary discovery is completed for her client. These qualities have made Kim well respected in the community of matrimonial attorneys, so I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim and I have had many cases together. She is bright, talented, and highly ethical. Each and every experience has been a joy. I have recommended her, and always with great results!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have known Kim for a number of years. I have always found her to be a consummate professional. She is knowledgeable and prepared...and she truly cares about her clients. While Kim tries to take a pragmatic and reasonable approach to all of her cases, she nonetheless vigorously litigates on behalf of her clients when necessary. I endorse this lawyer."
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Carle Place Divorce and separation Lawyer Kim Marie Ciesinski
Kim Marie Ciesinski
Divorce and separation Attorney
Carle Place, NY
Licensed for 34 years