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Carin Manders Constantine

Divorce and separation Attorney at Port Richey, FL

4.7   24 reviews

also known as Carin Constantine


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Carin M. Constantine, Esq. is an attorney that deals exclusively in Family Law issues.  Born in Atlanta, Carin has lived all over the globe, including Germany, Washington D.C. and England, but now happily makes her home in the Bay area.  In her family law practice, Carin focuses on military divorce and the unique family law issues that arise with military families, but also takes on cases involving child custody, child support, domestic violence injunctions, out-of-state child support and custody as well as dependency and paternity matters. 

 

Along with her law firm, Carin is actively involved in the Bay area legal community.  Along with providing pro bono legal services for the community’s less fortunate through the Community Law Program, Carin is a board member for the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, member of both the Bench and Bar and Heroes Among Us Committees of the St. Petersburg Bar Association as well as a contributing writer and Editorial Board Member of St. Petersburg Bar Association's Paraclete. 

 

Carin M. Constantine provides conflict resolution as well as litigation services to resolve family disputes.  Whether a client needs a non-interested third party to negotiate in a non-threatening environment or a powerful court presence to work justice, Carin will assesses the unique needs of each client to achieve their goals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State FL
Status Incapacitated
Acquired 2007
Updated 08/25/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015. See details

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Barnett & Boyko, P.A.
6545 Ridge Road
Suite 3
Port Richey, FL, 34668

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Carin won my case
I hired Carin to help me with a relocation case because I needed to move out of state with my child. Carin was always in communication with me and we spoke several times a week. Carin gives her cell phone number so I always knew I could reach her. Carin way outsmarted the other lawyer and just kept telling me to simply tell the truth. I have since referred other people to her.
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Posted by Keven | March 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, friendly, and empowering.
Carin won my custody case with just her enthusiasm alone. She was there for my questions and concerns the entire time. She always had the answer before I ever asked it, held my hand when I was unsure, and treated me with respect and dignity in the beginning when I had no understanding as to what to do. She handled my case and stood up for my rights and defended me as a father should always be treated. Thanks Carin! My words and thoughts can't even articulate how thankful I am for your representation. Your AWESOME!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Carin was a lifesaver!
I had never been through the legal system before and I was completely overwhelmed when I called Carin. She was able to see me the same week and was very patient with me and answered all of my questions. During my case, she answered all of my questions and helped me understand my options. Divorce is so stressful, but having Carin in my corner made it a little bit easier. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Miguel | May 9, 2015
Best Choice I Could Make!
Carin is a real pro…1 year and 5 months ago my lying, cheating ex-wife called (yes it’s finally over and I’m divorced) and informed me that I would be served divorce papers when I came home from work. I searched on Avvo and found Carin and that was the best thing I could have done. I was on the phone with her when the process server delivered the papers and she was guiding me through everything saying it would be OK. This was at 6pm mind you and she instructed me on what I needed to do so she could get started on my case. We met a couple of days later and I brought all the documents that were needed. That started my long journey of unwrapping myself from this woman that I had trusted with everything and that had betrayed that trust. All I know is that if it wasn’t for Carin and her thorough knowledge of family law (she knows statutes and case law by heart), devotion to her clients and the fact that she truly cares for people I wouldn’t have come out of this with as good a settlement as I got. Not only that, but she knows many people in the local judicial world! Let me tell you, when she says that she knows judge/lawyer so and so and understands them to a certain degree. She really does! Carin explained that her strategy would be constantly evolving based on the facts and the circumstances. They did evolve and change but she talked to me about it and explained why it was changing. I was always in the loop. Carin advised that I retain a certified divorce financial specialist which I did. This specialist provided the cold hard numbers and advised me throughout the case. I could call Carin when I was at my wits end and she would talk me down so I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I was very lucky I selected Carin because NOBODY ELSE cares as much for their clients as she does. She was always keeping me informed about what was going on with my case and if I had questions I could usually get answers in less than a day. She is a true professional. Whenever I have the chance I recommend her to friends who need a family lawyer.
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Response from Carin Constantine May 10, 2015
It was a true pleasure working with this client.
Posted by Divorced Mom | January 21, 2015
Knowledgeable, helpful and compassionate Lawyer
I retained Carin for a child custody / Domestic Violence/ harassing ex several years ago. She was thorough, knowledgeable and is always there for me if I have questions or need council even when I do not have an open case pending. That said, I feel she really sees it through with her clients from start to finish and then some. She definitely goes above and beyond the call of duty. I would highly recommend her legal services to anyone looking for representation in her field of expertise!
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Response from Carin Constantine May 10, 2015
It was a true pleasure working with this client and remaining her friend.
Posted by alc229 | July 13, 2014
My prayers were answered the day I found Carin Constantine!!
Aside from my two children, Carin Constantine has been the biggest blessing in my life to date. My GUARDIAN ANGEL would describe it better. After speaking to her the very first time, I knew she would be the one to get me out of my ten-year abusive marriage. Months in advance, and even before collecting a payment from me, she began working with me on a Safety Plan, to assure the well being of my children and myself. She treated my case and me with the delicacy it required, as my ex-husband would stop at nothing to control me. He is a legal savvy individual, and a master manipulator, but no match for Ms. Constantine. Carin has not only been a top-notch attorney, but also an amazing friend. I would now consider her family, as she has had my back as a big sister would. She believed my story when no one else did, not even my own family, and has fought for my children as if they were her own. Her strength in litigation, as well as her poise and patience, have undoubtedly made all the difference in my case. Unfortunately, I was one that got trapped in the cycle of abuse and felt no other choice than to turn my back on Carin and began to try to work through my divorce on my own. After my husband threatened my life, I desperately and shamefully reached out to Carin. I had done horrible things to her, and the first thing she asked me, without any other questions, is “What can I do to help you?” This is the heart and compassion of a true advocate for domestic violence and is a rare find in an attorney. After seeing her persistence and dedication in my case, I am confident that there is no case that she cannot conquer. I am embarrassed to say that she has been harassed in every way by my ex-husband but true to who she is, has never once turned her back on me. She has used that drive to work harder, and smarter, on my case to finally end my nightmare and make sure my children have a chance at normal, safe and happy lives. As far as her charges, I will never be able to pay her for the time and commitment she has instilled in my case and in my children. Though billing is ultimately a private matter, I can say that she has never pressured me and she has been MORE than understanding of my financial situation. Not to mention, her charges were not even a fraction of what they should have been. I was severely broken when I met Carin, uncertain if I would ever have a normal life again or if I would ever find peace and ultimately joy. I can tell you today, almost a year later, that Carin has helped me restore confidence in myself and I have finally found peace in the middle of the storm. In my opinion, she was the only attorney that could have released the grasp that my ex-husband had on me (other attorneys had tried). She gave me hope when there was no hope. She has FOREVER changed my life, she has given me a new life, and there are no words to express my gratitude for the day my prayers were answered and I found Carin Constantine on AVVO.
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Response from Carin Constantine May 10, 2015
It was a true pleasure working with this client.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2014
Happy with my choice.
Carin helped me with a child custody case and I am so happy. I found her here on AVVO and I am so glad I did. I got what I wanted and my life is so much better. To make it even better, she stayed in the budget i gave her. I tell all my friends about her.
Posted by ProudDad | August 18, 2013
A Life Changing Experience.
Carin is one of the most unwavering attorneys I have ever met. I am a dad with shared custody of my child. I spent years fighting desperately to have the ability to have my child overnight, or even at all, after false allegations of abuse, and allegations of drug use were stated against me. Carin took my case and showed that what I was doing for my child was best and how my ex had done some really bad things and had taken my child to another state without my permission. Carin never acted like she did not believe every word I said. She was able to show the General Magistrate and the Judge that some people do lie. She got my child returned and also got my support set. Carin fought for me and my child as though we were her own family. In my mind, Carin will always be part of this family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2013
A fantastic lawyer!
Carin is a consummate professional. Knowledgeable and responsive, she went beyond my expectations and conducted herself in a very personable manner. I would recommend her anytime!
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2013
Excellent Attorney
I hired Ms. Constantine for my highly contested divorce which was extremely stressful to say the least, and what mattered most to me was getting custody of my kids because they were in an abusive environment, both verbally and I suspected physically. Ms. Constantine filed a domestic violence restraining order and won so my kids wouldn't be hurt and she got me custody of my kids. I hadn't been getting any child support either and she got me child support which I desperately needed. She was very compassionate towards me but a bulldog in court! I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2013
Happy Carin is now in Pasco County
Carin took over my case from another lawyer who was unable to complete the job. Carin did not charge me to get up to speed on what had been done in the last 2 years and she had a good grasp of my case very quickly. Carin seems to have a razor sharp memory and could recall conversations we had weeks before. That was helpful when we went to mediation, as she rarely relied on notes. I am not sure how this all will end, but I am as happy as I can be now that my case is moving. I found her on AVVO, so i thought I should share my success story. Hire her. You won't regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2013
Finally, an Attorney who did not judge me for living in a same-sex relationship.
I initially went to Ms. Constantine because my live-in girlfriend was abusing me. Ms. Constantine did not bat an eye when I explained that I was living with a woman and was in a same-sex relationship. She treated me like any other victim and I did get a restraining order. My mother was with me and was also so happy to see that Ms. Constantine was respectful and all business when it comes to violence in the home. I trust her with my life!
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Posted by D. (I want to remain private because I have a child) | March 1, 2013
Carin Constantine assisted me in every way possible.
I had the fortunate luck of working with Carin during one of the most difficult periods of my life. My divorce. Carin exemplified professionalism and compassion during every step of the process. Getting divorced was not easy because I had a new baby at home. Carin addressed my questions in a language I could understand, helped me understand my rights, and even encouraged me when I said I wanted to go to counseling with my husband. I will keep Carin on a Retainer for life!
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Posted by Jennifer | October 2, 2012
Best of the best!
Carin is an angel! She took care of my defamation case promptly and kept me informed of everything that was taking place as it happened. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to handle my case! I would recommend her to anyone who would like a knowledgeable, hardworking and honest attorney.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2012
Carin worked very hard for me.
I hired Carin to hep me with a problem I was having with my ex-husband. She gave me very good advice and stayed in touch almost daily. She explained to me where to go for community help and she made sure my kids were taken care of. I don't know what would have happened if carin had not made me go through with things I was willing to let go because I was afraid. She was my rock.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2012
An angel sent from heaven
I had a great experience. Carin was always available to talk about my custody case an even gave me her cell number for weekend emergencies. She let me have a payment plan, and I won! Best lawyer I have ever seen in court! No other lawyer would take my case with me not having a lot of money, but she did.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2012
Carin was there when I needed her most!
Carin explained everything very thoroughly about why I was getting letters from the bank, and what would happen next. She then explained what she thought we could claim etc. At the moment, my case is still proceeding but I feel confident she will do the best she can for me. The one thing I am most impressed with is that she carefully explained that she does not litigate foreclosure cases, so if we get to that point, she explained that she will refer me to an attorney that does. I respect that Carin explained her area of practice to me and her limitations, and actually called another attorney while I was there to make sure he could take the case over if it went beyond the scope of her practice. I trust her, and that is what counts when hiring an attorney. I got good, solid, and honest advice from Carin which I needed after having foreclosure issues after a divorce.
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Posted by AdSplash TV | October 23, 2011
Good when it counts
Carin saved me money in the long run. She is worth every penny. She knew exactly what she was doing and is a very skilled negotiator. I recommend her to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2010
Experienced and Thorough Attorney-She's Tough
After being with another "well-known" attorney for 3 years during my divorce, I finally got rid of my money-sucking Lawyer and found Carin another friend. Carin was amazing at getting everything sorted out and taken care of in court. I got more accomplished in 6 months than the 3 years with my other attorney! My only regret is that I hadn't found her earlier and made her $100k richer! She is well worth it and knows her game!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2009
She puts the children first!
I came to Carin for help with custody and child support. She informed me that it would be a long and hard process, and it was, but with her and her staff's help I didn't feel alone. Her and her staff were there to help answer any questions that I had. I recommend her to anyone that has a Child Support or Divorce case! She is a wonderful and caring lawyer that puts the children first! Thank you Carin!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2015
updated on 05/03/2017

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Carin's comment: “This unfortunate situation happened 4 years ago and does not affect my current practice. I am happy to discuss this issue with any current or potential client in person or by phone.”

Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • Office of Attorney General
  • 2005 - 2007

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Campbell University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Associations

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Bench and Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Lawyers for Literacy
  • Volunteer Tutor
  • 2008 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Foundation Heroes Among Us
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete Magazine
  • Associate Editor
  • 2007 - Present
  • Community Law Program
  • Pro Bono Attoney
  • 2007 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Marital and Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Community Law Program
  • Volunteer
  • 2005 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Canakaris American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Florida's Children First, Inc.
  • Advisory Board
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Military Affairs Committee, Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • St. Pete Bar Foundation Heroes Among Us
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2010
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Holidays In July Event
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyer's, Pinellas County Chapter
  • Director-at-Large
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - 2011
  • St. Pete Bar Foundation EVENING WITH THE RAYS
  • Gold Sponsor
  • 2009 - 2010
  • St. Petersburg Bar Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Pro Bono Service Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2009

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • 2010 Annual Florida Bar Convention
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions and the Military Member
  • 2010
  • 2009 Marital & Family Law Section
  • Foreclosure and 1099 Cs issued in Divorce Actions
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (52)
Given (60)
Endorse Carin
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carin has bent over backwards helping me on a case in which she shared a common client. Her kindness was a breath of fresh air in a profession too often known for its ugliness"
Business Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Constantine. Very experienced and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Business Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From review Attorney Constantine's client reviews. endorsements and contributions to AVVO you can see that she is an excellent attorney who cares deeply for her clients."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Quality representation and exceptional attentiveness to clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carin is one the most professional and knowledgeable lawyers I know. She is a wealth of knowledge and tireless advocate for her clients. Carin has the best combination-compassion and legal skill. I can't say enough great things about her."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known this lawyer for several years and have practiced against her. I have consistently found that she is a tough but straight-forward litigator whose sole concern is the best interests of her clients. She routinely takes on the most demanding and difficult cases in an already challenging area of the law"
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Attorney Constantine. She is knowledge in the area of marital and family law and is dedicated to obtaining a clear understanding of the law as it relates to her clients and cases!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She really knows her stuff and is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is highly respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer.."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Constantine is courteous and professional. She advocates for the law and helps client's reach a mutually livable outcome in the best interest of their children."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Constantine is one of the most giving lawyers in Avvo history. Her record of providing help to people is beyond elite. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free. Kudos. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carin Manders Constantine is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show her commitment to serving clients very, very well. She is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
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