RI Family Law Attorney William J. Balkun

I am Rhode Island family law attorney William J. Balkun. I provide goal-oriented, aggressive yet balanced representation in divorce and family law cases, with a particular focus on:

  • Complex and high-conflict divorce
  • High-conflict child custody
  • The identification, assignment and protection of marital assets, including real property, retirement assets, closely held family businesses and professional practices
  • Modification and enforcement of court orders , including cases in which fathers' rights have been unfairly denied
  • Negotiation and drafting of prenuptial agreements


Boston University, 1988
Master of Law

Brooklyn Law School, 1982
Juris Doctor

Northeastern University, 1975
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Bar Admissions

Rhode Island
New York

Areas of Practice

Professional Associations

  • The American Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Chair of the Alimony Committee
    • 2011-2012 Nominating Committee
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Family Court
    • Committee on Revision of the Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure
  • Edward P. Gallogly Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Kent County Bar Association
    • Executive Board member
  • Family Law Mental Health Collaborative


I give presentations to divorce lawyers across the nation on the use of pension benefits to pay alimony and child support obligations.

Schedule a Consultation with a Cranston Divorce Lawyer

Allow me to guide you through the divorce process. Contact The Law Office of William J. Balkun online or call 401-463-5106.

I represent clients throughout Rhode Island including Cranston, Warwick, Providence, East Providence, Johnston, Smithfield, Lincoln, Barrington, East Greenwich, Cumberland, North Providence, North Kingstown, Warren, West Greenwich, North Smithfield, Scituate, Pawtucket, West Warwick, Woonsocket, Glocester, and Tiverton.