Marilynne R. Ryan

Top rated Family Law attorney in Walpole, Massachusetts

Ryan Faenza Carey, P.C.
Marilynne R. Ryan
Ryan Faenza Carey, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1986

Education: New England Law | Boston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

Ryan Faenza Carey, P.C.

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081 Visit website


Marilynne R. Ryan is the founder of Ryan Faenza Carey, LLC, located in Walpole Massachusetts. Representing clients throughout the Boston area, she focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce and the attendant legal issues such as alimony, child custody and support, and property division. Attorney Ryan has experience in alternative divorce dispute resolution methods such as mediation and collaborative law, but she does extensive work with settlement conferences and trial, if necessary

Whether you are in the midst of a divorce, or in need of family law services, Ryan Faenza Carey can advise you, guide you and represent you every step of the way.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Stonehill College in 1981, Attorney Ryan went on to attend New England School of Law in Boston and was awarded her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1986, and was the recipient of the Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. Ryan has enjoyed an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell for most of her career.

Attorney Ryan has contributed articles on divorce and other family law topics to several professional journals. Certified in mediation, collaborative law and conciliation, she has been an active participant in the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Bar Association of Norfolk County. 

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Prenuptial Agreements

First Admitted: 1986, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Author, Silver Linings, a guide for parents during divorce, 2014;  Silver Linings 2, 2018,
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 4th Two Volume Publication (2003 - 2006), Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a Member of the LexisNexis Group
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 3rd Two Volume Publication (1999 - 2003), Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a Member of the LexisNexis Group
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 2nd Two Volume Publication (1997 - 1999), Lexis Law Publishing
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations Two Volume Publication (1982 - 1997), Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company
  • Co-Author, “Antenuptial Agreements, Resolving Division of Assets Upon Divorce,” Boston Bar Journal (1981)
  • Co-Author, “Cost of Living Adjustments: Property Settlement Agreements, Negotiation and Drafting of Separation Agreements – From Whereas to Whereof,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Law Institute (1980)
  • Co-Author, “For Your Notebook Series,” Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977 - 1985)
  • Author, “Outline of Preparing Property Settlement Agreements in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977)
  • Author, “Domestic Relations Initial Interview Questionnaire, Massachusetts Divorce Practice and Procedure, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Law Institute (1976 - 1983)
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Fox 25 television guest on divorce issues 2010
  • WBZ News Radio guest on various aspects of divorce and family law 2014, 2011 & 2008
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Committee, Chairperson, 2000-2003
  • Volunteer, Court Approved Conciliator, Conciliation Program of the Bar Association of Norfolk County, 2013 - Present
  • Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee, Member 1988-Present, Chairperson, 1991-2016
  • Member, Probate Court Working Group to Develop Low Cost Litigation Options, selected, 2014-Present
  • Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force, Previous member, Vice Chair
  • Panelist, Child Support Seminar, Roxbury Community College, March 2009, 2014
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certificate in Alcoholism Counseling, New England Alcohol Education Institute, Stonehill College, 1980
  • Certification in Divorce Mediation, Haynes Mediation Training Institute, New York, 1987
  • Certification in Collaborative Law Practice, Collaborative Training Solutions, LLC, Annapolis, Maryland, January 2009
  • AV® preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America - - Family Law, 2016-Present,
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2008-2020, Super Lawyers
  • AVVO Top-Rated Lawyer, 2021, AVVO
  • Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law – Legal Leaders, 2014, 2015
  • Top 10 Attorney Award for excellence in the field of Family Law – National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA), 2014, 2015
  • Accredited with A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, The National Advocates, 2015
  • 10 Best – – Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014, 2015
  • Top Lawyers of Boston – Recognized for excellence and achievements by the legal community, 2013, 2015
  • Top Women of Law Award, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2016
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Massachusetts-American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), 2014, 2016-2018, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Top Women in Law Award – Lawyer Monthly 2014
  • Boston Magazine Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2013
  • Timothy J. Cronin Memorial Award, New England School of Law, 1986
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award for Criminal Law, New England School of Law, 1984
  • New England Scholar Award, New England School of Law, 1982 - 1986
Educational Background:
  • Stonehill College, B.A., cum laude, 1981
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Admitted to Massachusetts State Courts, 1986
  • Admitted to United States District Courts in Massachusetts, 1987
  • Admitted to United States Supreme Court, 2004
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Board of Delegates, 1990-1993, Member 1984-Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Executive Management Board, Member, 1992-1993
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Standing Committee, 1997-1998 and 2004-2007
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Co-chair, Family Law Council
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Member, 1995-Present, Previously Co-chair
  • Plymouth County Bar Association
  • Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Member, 2008-2009
  • Norfolk County Bar Association, Member, 1998-Present
  • Court Management Advisory Board of the Supreme Judicial Court, Member, 2010-2013
  • American Bar Association 1987-2016

Office location for Marilynne R. Ryan

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Phone: 508-668-9112


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

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