Deborah M. Faenza (Ret.)

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Practice Areas

  • All aspects of divorce and family law, including mediation, complex custody cases
  • Collaborative law, case evaluation, second opinions and litigation.


Deborah (“Deb”) M. Faenza is a partner at Ryan Faenza Carey, LLC. She is rated AV® preeminent™  by Martindale-Hubbell.  Deb’s practice is concentrated in all aspects of family law including divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, alimony, division of property, contempts, modifications and abuse prevention (restraining orders).  As a former social worker and probation officer/family service officer at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Deb specializes in highly contested custody cases and mediated agreements.

Deb is a respected member of the Bar and is appointed Guardian Ad Litem on matters involving custody, visitation and waiver of therapeutic privilege pertaining to minor children.  In addition, she has been appointed Guardian Ad Litem pertaining to the care and safety of the elderly and a special discovery master and parenting coordinator in high conflict parenting cases. Deb has more than 30 years experience in matters pertaining to family law.  She is an author, lecturer and guest speaker on family related issues for the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Council.


  • J.D., New England School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Boston State College, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts State Courts (1994)
  • United States Supreme Court (2004)


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Former Member General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council
  • Former Member Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council (IRR)
  • Member of Family Law Council
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Mass Council on Family Mediation

What Our Clients Say

“Attorney Deborah Faenza and her paralegal Julie Garafano are a very efficient and highly proficient team. Their focus on complete and thorough legal preparation, with all the document requirements in place, led to success in conference negotiations and in court. They are also conscientious about the billing process, presenting weekly updates for services rendered. I spent more with other attorneys who were less efficient. However, they are not dispassionate and understand the emotional difficulties client’s go through in a challenging divorce process. There is simply no better option for quality legal representation.”

K.N., client of Deborah M. Faenza (Ret.)

“Thank you for your representation during one of the most stressful periods of my life. I just wish I had hired you earlier! After I hired my first attorney, I very quickly realized it was not the right fit and needed to change course!  Thanks to you, my mistake didn’t cost myself or my children too much harm. You and your staff are always professional and thorough, and I am grateful to have retained your services. From a legal standpoint you are top notch, and also clearly care about your clients personally and are aware of each individual’s situation. You will come highly recommended.”

S.J., client of Deborah M. Faenza (Ret.)

“Attorney Deborah Faenza met with me, and from that point on she did everything possible to ensure that my only goal, to be my son’s dad came true.  Because of Deb, I not only stayed in my son’s life, but more importantly, I got shared legal and physical custody 50/50.  There were many unexpected twists to my case, but Deb was always at least two steps ahead of opposing counsel (all three different teams).  . .  .  If it was not for Deb and her firm, their constant due diligence and unwavering belief that I should be a dad, not a check, I would not have the ongoing, incredible relationship with my son.  That was 11 years ago, and I still to this day thank Deb and her firm for giving me the opportunity to be the Dad I knew I was meant to be.”

M.S., client of Deborah M. Faenza (Ret.)

“Don’t make the same mistake I did . . . I initially hired a lawyer who had a less expensive hourly rate. I learned quickly when you are going through a divorce it is about the quality of the lawyer not cost…changed up to Deb and she got the job done as well as the results were better than I had hoped for.

Without her help…a bad situation would have only gotten worse.  I think she is a definite 5.” (five out of five rating – excellent.)

M.B., client of Deborah M. Faenza (Ret.)
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