Marilynne R. Ryan

Managing Partner

Ryan Faenza Carey

Phone: 508-668-9112

825 Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081

1000 Franklin Village Drive, Suite 302
Franklin, MA 02038
Profession(s): Family Law Attorney
Counties Served: Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester
About Me:

Marilynne R. Ryan is a founding partner of Ryan Faenza Cataldo, LLC and has been a practicing attorney for 30 years in divorce and family law. Rated AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®. She has been designated as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer 2008-2015; served on the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board of the Supreme Judicial Court, 2010-2013; former member and Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force, 2006-2008; former Chair, Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2001-2007;. former Chair, Family Law Council, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1998-2000; member of the Family Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1995-present; member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2004-2005; hearing officer, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 1995-1998; former member of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2008-2009; author and frequent lecturer on various aspects of family law for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association, Norfolk County Bar Association, Bristol County Bar Association, Plymouth County Bar Association, Suffolk Law School and other organizations; private and court appointed master, special discovery master, conciliator and mediator; WBZ News Radio NightSide guest discussing divorce issues, 2008, 2011 and 2014; Fox 25 television interview on divorce issues, 2010; member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Norfolk County Collaborative Law Practice Group, 2009-present; certified in Collaborative Law and Mediation. Bar Admissions: Massachusetts State Courts (1986), Federal Courts (1987), and United States Supreme Court (2004),

Education: New England School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude), 1986; Stonehill College (B.A., Cum laude), 1981; The Center for Self Leadership/Boston Law Collaborative, The Inner Dimensions of Mediation and Negotiation, 2014; Collaborative Training Solutions, LLC, Certification in Collaborative Law Practice, 2009; Haynes Mediation Training Institute, Certification in Divorce Mediation, 1987; New England Alcohol Education Institute, Stonehill College, Certificate in Alcoholism Counseling, 1980.

Attorney Ryan practices in both the litigation and collaborative law settings. She possesses the experience, reputation and skills to carefully evaluate a client's case and represent her clients' rights fully, yet maintain the sensitivity and objectivity which is essential. Although a skilled litigator, approximately 95% or more of her cases settle by agreement.

Professional Memberships: Massachusetts Bar Association: Vice Chair, Massachusetts Child Support Guideline Task Force, 2006-2008; Chair, Massachusetts Child Support Guideline Committee, 2001-2007; Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluation, 2004-2005; Chair, Family Law Council, 1998-2000; Family Law Council, 1995-present; MBA Nominating Council Committee for the ABA, 1995-present; Former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Delegates, American Bar Association: Law Practice Section, Norfolk County Bar Association: Norfolk County Bench Bar Committee, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council: Norfolk County Practice Group, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Publications: Co-Author, Silver Linings, a guide for parents during divorce, 2014; Co-Author, Massachusetts Domestic Relations" 1st through 4th Editions, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. 1985-2006; Co-Author, "For Your Notebook Series", Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977-1985); Author, "Domestic Relations Initial Interview Questionnaire", Massachusetts Divorce Practice and Procedure, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/New England Institute (1976-1983);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); Author, "Outline of Preparing Property Settlement Agreements in Massachusetts", Massachusetts Bar Association Personal and Probate Section Newsletter (1977).


All aspects of family law including divorce, child support, paternity, alimony, division of property, pre-nuptial agreements, contempts and modifications (both litigation and collaborative law). We have a well deserved reputation for excellence. Our attorneys and staff provide the highest caliber of personalized representation to assist our clients with the complex facets of family and probate law. At Ryan Faenza Cataldo, LLC we understand the inherent emotional stress associated with divorce and other family law matters. Our attorneys are skilled litigators and mediators who adhere to the highest ethical standards, while remaining sensitive to the emotional needs of our clients. While we endeavor to settle cases efficiently, and most of our cases result in settlement, our experienced trial attorneys offer the expertise and skills required should litigation become necessary. Retainers are based upon the complexity of the issues presented and amount of anticipated time and costs.

Core Certifications
Collaborative Attorney (CA)

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