Kara J. Carey

Top rated Family Law attorney in Walpole, Massachusetts

Ryan Faenza Carey, P.C.
Kara J. Carey
Ryan Faenza Carey, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 2007

Education: Northeastern University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
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Ryan Faenza Carey, P.C.

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081 Visit website


Managing partner at Ryan Faenza Carey and firm member since 2013, Kara J. Carey focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters including high net worth divorce, custody, child support, paternity matters, as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, removal matters, and ADR.  Attorney Carey has experience establishing or defending guardianships of minors, 209A restraining orders, and cases where the Department of Children and Families are involved.  The firm is located in Walpole, Massachusetts, and she represents clients in the greater Boston metropolitan area and other cities and towns in the eastern part of the Commonwealth.  Ryan Faenza Carey was selected as a Best Law Firm and Attorney Carey as a Best Lawyer in America by US News and Reports for 2023 as well as a Top Lawyer by Boston Magazine in 2022.   

Since passing the bar in 2007, Attorney Carey is an active member in the family law field, on the Norfolk Bar Council and Norfolk Bench Bar.  Further, she was a member of the 2020/2021 Child Support Task Force Committee in charge of reviewing and revising the MA Child Support Guidelines.  Attorney Carey also presented to the Boston Bar Association regarding the new guidelines and was a coach for the Norfolk Bar conciliation training in 2022.  In order to stay abreast of current developments in the field, Attorney Carey participates in several other professional organizations including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Bar Association of Norfolk County, the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Courts and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.  

Ms. Carey has extensive experience in providing advice and counsel to people who are facing the prospect of divorce. Her background and training in mediation and collaborative law is often put to use when her clients want to avoid a protracted courtroom battle over such issues as child custody and visitation, the division of marital property, and child and spousal support. Although resolution oriented, Ms. Carey is a forceful advocate when litigation proves to be necessary and has tried several different family law cases.

In addition to her divorce practice, Ms. Carey handles a wide variety of other family law matters as well. She has prepared and reviewed prenuptial and post-marital agreements, and her caseload has also included paternity establishment and disputes. For many of her clients who are already divorced, she represents them in obtaining modifications to or the enforcement of existing support and parenting orders.

A 2002 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, Attorney Carey obtained her legal education at Northeastern University and obtained her Juris Doctor in 2007.  

Ms. Carey is known amongst her peers and many in the family law bar for her annual efforts in organizing a Christmas drive for children in the custody of DCF.  For more than 10 years she has partnered with the Department to have over children annually "adopted" for the holidays to ensure each child receives gifts on an annual basis, and in 2022 exceeded her goal of adopting over 400 children and ensuring every child in the program received a gift.  Ms. Carey is an avid skier with her children and husband, and also the fall coach for 6th grade girls soccer.    

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2007, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://rfclegal.com/attorneys/kara-j-carey-2/

Educational Background:
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 2002
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Promoted to managing partner of firm, Ryan Faenza Carey, PC, 2022
Representative Clients:
  • Kara is one of the best lawyers I know! The past 2 1/2 years were my toughest going through an unexpected divorce that included 4 year old twins. Kara was compassionate, thorough, went beyond my needs and fought for what was best for me and my children. She was always available when I needed her and if she was caught up with an emergency Julie her paralegal was there to assist! Both, Kara & Julie helped me throughout the whole process of my divorce which was emotionally and mentally draining but I overcame it because of them! Financially it’s a hard pill to swallow but if you want a lawyer who is going to be in your corner, listen to you, who is professional, smart and who knows the law then Kara is the person you want in your corner to represent you! I can’t thank her & Julie enough! The office itself is also pleasant, kind and welcoming!, 2022
  • I had the privilege of working with Kara Carey & the rest of the RFC team during my divorce. Kara and her team displayed remarkable empathy and professionalism during what was an emotionally challenging process. Their legal expertise was unmatched, and their commitment to the work at hand resulted in an outcome that was amicable and without conflict. I am grateful to Kara & the RFC team and would recommend their services to anyone who has to travel the daunting path of divorce., 2023
  • Kara Carey is an astute and compassionate attorney who understands the financial and emotional implications of a divorce with young children. She clearly explained MA law and calculations and successfully negotiated a fair agreement all parties could feel comfortable and confident with post-divorce. I appreciate that she was transparent with all legal fees and always felt her interests were soundly in helping me and my children to get to a better place. I recommend Kara as an excellent attorney with foresight, strong legal skills, and compassion., 2021
  • I have had Kara Carey represent me, a Father in Massachusetts, on a custody case involving my daughter. Kara is extremely caring which is extremely rare as most lawyers just pretend. She was always available and I was awarded sole physical and legal custody of my daughter who went from a dangerous home where she was living, to being a 3.8 GPA student in University. I will always say that Kara helped me to save my daughters life. Forget the reviews about money and hours. This is what lawyers do period. Go with the one's that are human and have a pulse. Kara and everyone at RFC Legal is friendly and incredibly fair. If you are trying to do the best for your child in a divorce case, hire Kara. If you are trying to do the best for yourself in a divorce case, hire Kara., 2022
  • Kara Carey is an amazing attorney. Her professionalism, attention to detail and knowledge of divorce law is outstanding. She is clear in explaining the divorce process. She is a kind, compassionate, strong and smart attorney who is an excellent advocate. She is with you every step of the way. I highly recommend her and the firm., 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Trainer for Norfolk County Conciliation program, 2022
  • Appointed discovery master by Norfolk Probate Court , 2023
  • Presenter as Boston Bar Association child support seminar, 2021
  • Appointed to the 2020/2021 Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force, 2020
  • Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Courts , 2023
  • Norfolk Bar Association, Norfolk Probate and Family Court Conciliation program, 2023
  • Massachusetts State Courts (2007)
  • Conciliator for Norfolk Bar Association, 2022
  • Bristol Bar Association
  • Bar of Norfolk County, Council Member 2020 - present, 2020
  • Norfolk Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Collaborative law Council
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Norfolk County Bench Bar Committee Member 2018 -  present, 2021
  • Norfolk County Bar, Council Member, 2015 - 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Youth soccer coach for 2022/2023 for girls' middle school team, 2023
  • ARC Counsel, 2022
  • Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
  • Walpole Chamber of Commerce, Scholarship Committee, Chair, 2021
  • Retired Member, Westwood Young Women’s Club
  • Volunteer at Suffolk Early Resolution Volunteer Project
  • Volunteer for American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2013
  • Organize large annual collection of gifts for children through DCF, providing holiday presents to over 300 individual children annually since 2012, 2022
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Discovery master - appointed by the Norfolk Probate Court , 2023
  • Conciliation Training
  • Mediation Training, 2011
  • Collaborative Law Training, 2017
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Active participant for several years in Norfolk County's ARC program wherein Judges appoint counsel who have volunteered to represent children in contested litigation cases.  , 2023
  • Top 5.3% of practicing lawyers in US , Best Lawyers in America, US News and Reports, 2023
  • , Boston Magazine Top Lawyers, Boston Magazine, 2022
  • 2 Years Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
  • 2020 and 2019 Rising Star, Rising Star, Super Lawyers , 2020
  • Certificate of Appreciation ARC program, Norfolk County Probate Court, 2015 - 2016

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Kara has been a great resource to me and others. She handled her appointment as an arc attorney with professionalism and was able to give a positive result for her clients. I enjoy working with her on cases and look forward to working with her again.”

“Good reputation with reputable law firm specializing in family law. Kara has great litigation skills but is resolution oriented.”

“Kara became a named partner after four years as an associate in the firm of Ryan & Faenza due to her multiple strengths in all aspects of family law and litigation. She possesses all the attributes of a Super Lawyer and is decisive, compassionate, reasonable, assertive, and focuses on resolution based representation taking her clients best interests into account. She enjoys the respect of her colleagues and has the highest ethical standards.”

“Courageous advocate, outstanding attorney and mediator”

“Kara became a named partner after four years at Ryan & Faenza due to her significant strengths in all aspects of family law and litigation as well as her positive influence to her colleagues and peers. She possesses all of the attributes of a Super Lawyer and is decisive, compassionate, reasonable, assertive, and focuses on resolution based representation taking her client's best interests into account. She has the highest ethical standards and although she resolves many of her cases without court, is a fierce litigator when necessary.”

“Attorney Kara Carey is a no-nonsense, seasoned, practical and professional family law attorney with the highest ethical standards. She is a tireless advocate for her clients. I would entrust anyone to her care.”

Office location for Kara J. Carey

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Phone: 508-668-9112


1 Year Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

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