Robin D. Carton

Robin D. Carton

White Plains, New York

Robin D. Carton is a partner in the law firm of Carton & Rosoff PC, and her private practice has primarily focused on child custody, visitation, matrimonial law, collaborative divorce, divorce and custody mediation, adoption, and guardianship. She earned her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1981.

For more than 25 years, Ms. Carton has been appointed by the Family and Supreme Courts in Westchester and Putnam Counties to serve as attorney for the child. She is president of the Law Guardian Association of Westchester County, an organization comprised of attorneys dedicated to effective child advocacy. Ms. Carton has also been appointed by the Westchester County and Putnam County Supreme and Surrogate's Courts as referee, guardian, guardian ad litem, and court evaluator.

Ms. Carton is a member of various professional organizations and their family law and matrimonial sections. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, is a Vice-President and Executive Board member of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, and is on the Board of Directors of the NY Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Ms. Carton is Secretary of the Association of the Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland-Westchester, a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She serves on the Moderate Means Matrimonial Panel of Pace Women's Justice Center, and is on the Stakeholder Committee of the Court Improvement Project. Ms. Carton is a member of the Committee on Disproportionate Racial Impact, the Committee on Best Practices for Court Mental Health Evaluations, the Law Guardian Liaison Committee, the National Adoption Day Committee, and numerous other committees and projects dedicated to educating attorneys and litigants about family dispute resolution.

Areas of Practice

  • Child Custody
  • Visitation
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Divorce and Custody Mediation
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1983


  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
    • J.D. - 1981
  • State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
    • B.A. - 1973
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
    • M.A. - 1974

Published Works

  • FERPA, Custody and Access to Education Records, New York Family Law Monthly, Volume 8, Number 2, November, 2006


  • Custody, Child Protective Proceedings, and Ethics, NYSBA, April 12, 2013
  • Essential Family Law and Martrimonial Law, Pace Law School, April 8, 2013
  • "Can a Court Enforce Visitation? Should a Court Enforce Visitation?", Westchester Womens' Bar Association, November 26, 2013
  • Mock Trial - Cross Examination of M Expert, Cross Examination of Mental Health Expert, December 4, 2013
  • "Visitation - What if the Child Won't Go", 9th JD Judge School/Training, March 26, 2013
  • "Basic Matrimonial Practice", NYSBA, 2012
  • "Child Advocacy", Pace New Directions Program, 2010
  • "Appointment and Use of Law Guardians", NYSBA, April 21, 2009
  • "Role of the Attorney for the Child", WCBA, March 4, 2009
  • Testimony at Matrimonial Commission, Appellate Division, 2d Dept., February 17, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • New York State Bar Association Award of Merit in Recognition of the Moderate Means Panel, 2010
  • Super Lawyers, New York
  • AV® Preeminent, Peer Review Rating
  • Top 25 Attorneys, Westchester County

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Westchester Women's Bar Association, Vice-President
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, NY Chapter, Secretary
  • Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland, Westchester, Secretary
  • Law Guardian Association of Westchester County, President
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Board
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Westchester Women's Bar Association, Executive Board Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, NY Chapter, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Touro School of Law, Legal Research and Writing, Director, 1985 - 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Westchester Women's Bar Association Charitable Foundation, Director
  • Pace Women's Justice Center,Moderate Means Matrimonial Panel, Member
  • Pace Women's Justice Center, Moderate Means Matrimonial Panel, Stakeholder Committee of the Court Improvement Project