Kara J. Carey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Walpole, MA

Ryan Faenza Carey
825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081
Phone: 508-668-9112
Fax: 508-668-1285
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Family Law
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Attorney Profile

A named partner at Ryan Faenza Carey where she has practiced since 2013, Kara J. Carey focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters including divorce, custody, child support, paternity matters, as well as guardianships of minors, prenuptial agreements, removal matters, and ADR.  Ms. Carey also has experience establishing or defending against 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. Ms. Carey has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts since 2007.

In the summer of 2020, Attorney Carey was appointed by Chief Justice Paula Carey to the Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force responsible for reviewing and updating the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines to be released in 2021.  Ms. Carey is also serving her second term as a member of the Norfolk Bar Council in addition to being a member of the Norfolk County Bench Bar where attorneys meet with court personnel and Judges to address issues and concerns within the courthouse.  In order to stay abreast of current developments in her fields of practice, Ms. Carey participates in several other professional organizations including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Bar Association of Norfolk County 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 have already gotten a divorce, she helps them to obtain 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, Ms. 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 efforts in organizing a Christmas drive for children in the custody of DCF.  She partners with the Department to have over 300 children "adopted" for the holidays to ensure each child receives gifts.  

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

About Kara J. Carey

Admitted: 2007, Massachusetts

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


  • 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

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Conciliation Training
  • Mediation Training, 2011
  • Collaborative Law Training, 2017

Educational Background

  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 2002

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Appointed to the 2020/2021 Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force, 2020
  • Norfolk Bar Association, Norfolk Probate and Family Court Conciliation program, 2021
  • Massachusetts State Courts (2007)
  • Conciliator for Norfolk Bar Association, 2021
  • 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

  • ARC Counsel, 2021
  • 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 since 2012, 2021


  • 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.  , 2021


  • “ 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.”

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

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Office Location for Kara J. Carey

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Phone: 508-668-9112

Fax: 508-668-1285

Last Updated: 6/11/2021

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