Marilynne R. Ryan

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 Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Marilynne R. Ryan is a founding partner of Ryan Faenza Carey, LLC, located in Walpole and Franklin 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 will also recommend litigation to her clients where appropriate.

Whether you are in the midst of a divorce, in need of family law services, or looking to buy/sell/refinance real estate, 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. At her law school commencement, Attorney Ryan 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 Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. Ryan has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and she has been listed as one of her state's Top 100 Lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Attorney Ryan has contributed articles on divorce and other family law topics to several professional journals. A member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, she is also an active participant in the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Bar Association of Norfolk County. Attorney Ryan is equally devoted to her community and donates her time to several organizations, including serving as the chair of the Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee since 1991.

*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 (100%)

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Marilynne Ryan

Admitted: 1986, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, The National Advocates, 2015
  • Top Women of Law Award, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2016
  • Accredited with A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Designated as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2008 – 2016
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Massachusetts-American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), 2014, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America - - Family Law, 2017 edition
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award for Criminal Law, New England School of Law, 1984
  • Timothy J. Cronin Memorial Award, New England School of Law, 1986
  • New England Scholar Award, New England School of Law, 1982 - 1986
  • Top Lawyers of Boston – Recognized for excellence and achievements by the legal community, 2013, 2015
  • Boston Magazine Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2013
  • Top 10 Attorney Award for excellence in the field of Family Law – National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA), 2014, 2015
  • Top Women in Law Award – Lawyer Monthly 2014
  • Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in Family Law – Legal Leaders, 2014, 2015
  • 10 Best – – Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014, 2015
  • AV® preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Plymouth County Bar Association, 2015
  • United States Supreme Court, 2004
  • United States District Courts in Massachusetts, 1987
  • Massachusetts State Courts, 1986
  • American Bar Association 1987-2016
  • Court Management Advisory Board of the Supreme Judicial Court, Member, 2010-2013
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009-Present
  • Norfolk County Collaborative Law Practice Group, 2009-present
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Member
  • Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Member, 2008-2009
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Co-chair, 1996-1997
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Member, 1995-Present
  • Norfolk County Bar Association, Member, 1998-Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Board of Delegates, 1990-1993
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Executive Management Board, Member, 1992-1993
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Standing Committee, 1997-1998 and 2004-2007
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Member
  • Plymouth County Bar Association
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chairperson, Council Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Panelist, "Do You Wonder How Child Support Can Help Your Children?" Sponsored by the Roxbury Community College Criminal Justice Program and Criminal Justice Club and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, 2014
  • Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee, Chairperson, 1991-2016
  • Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force, Vice Chair
  • Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Committee, Chairperson
  • Volunteer, Court Approved Conciliator, Conciliation Program of the Bar Association of Norfolk County, 2013 - Present
  • Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee, Member, 1988-Present
  • Panelist, Child Support Seminar, Roxbury Community College, March 2009
  • Member, Probate Court Working Group to Develop Low Cost Litigation Options, selected by Chief Justice Angela Ordonez, 2014-Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Silver Linings, a guide for parents during divorce, 2014
  • Author, “Domestic Relations Initial Interview Questionnaire, Massachusetts Divorce Practice and Procedure, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Law Institute (1976 - 1983)
  • Author, “Outline of Preparing Property Settlement Agreements in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977)
  • Co-Author, “For Your Notebook Series,” Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977 - 1985)
  • 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, “Antenuptial Agreements, Resolving Division of Assets Upon Divorce,” Boston Bar Journal (1981)
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations Two Volume Publication (1982 - 1997), Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations 2nd Two Volume Publication (1997 - 1999), Lexis Law Publishing
  • 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 4th Two Volume Publication (2003 - 2006), Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a Member of the LexisNexis Group

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Fox 25 Television interview on divorce issues 2010
  • WBZ News Radio guest 2014, 2011 & 2008

Educational Background:

  • Stonehill College, B.A., cum laude, 1981
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Office Location for Marilynne R. Ryan

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Phone: 508-668-9112

Fax: 508-668-1285

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