Practice Areas

  • All aspects of divorce and family law
  • Conciliation and Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Guardianships of Minors
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Special Master Appointments


Kara J. Carey is the Managing Partner of Ryan Faenza Carey and joined the firm in 2013. An experienced family law practitioner, she has been practicing domestic relations law since 2007. She has managed all aspects of family law cases including divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, alimony, division of property, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, contempts, modifications, removals and guardianships of minors. She has obtained and defended against Abuse Prevention (209A) hearings in Probate and District Courts. Kara is a skilled litigator and frequently appears in various Massachusetts courts for motion hearings, pre-trial conferences, trials, contempt hearings, and guardianship matters.

A trained mediator and conciliator, Kara participates in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Conciliation program through the Norfolk Bar Association. Kara also offers private conciliation to those who need assistance in resolving their case. Kara is also trained as a collaborative attorney. She also provides representation to clients who are going through the mediation process. Kara is also a participant in the Norfolk County ARC Program (Attorneys Representing Children) and has been recognized by the Court for her work and was a council member on the Bar Association of Norfolk County. While a law student, Kara interned with former Chief Justice Paula M. Carey at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court.

Attorney Carey was also a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force and was a panelist on the child support guidelines presentation for the Boston Bar Association in December 2021. Attorney Carey is a trained conciliator and also was a training coach for the Norfolk Bar conciliation training in 2022.

After being successful in a Section 34B Motion to Vacate that was upheld by the Appeals Court in the unpublished decision J.C. v. A.C., Attorney Carey presented on the issue as a panel member through the Social Law Library in March of 2024.    If you or your child’s health, safety or welfare is endangered by residing with your spouse or partner, contact an attorney to discuss your options to remove him or her from the home.

For several years now, Kara has organized a drive at Christmas time to purchase presents for children involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), ensuring over 200 children receive gifts annually. She also chairs the scholarship committee for the Walpole Chamber of Commerce.

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Super Lawyer
  • 2023 Best Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2022


  • J.D. Northeastern University School of Law, 2007
  • B.A. College of the Holy Cross, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts State Courts (2007)


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
  • Norfolk Bar Association
  • B.A.N.C. Council Member (2015-2018)
  • Bristol Bar Association
  • Norfolk Bench Bar
  • Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Courts

Volunteer Activities

  • Volunteer for American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2013
  • Volunteer at Suffolk Early Resolution Volunteer Project
  • Retired Member, Westwood Young Women’s Club
  • Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
  • ARC Counsel
  • Conciliator for Norfolk Bar Association
  • Panelist on Social Law Library Family Law Panel 3/24
  • Walpole Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee, 2016 – Present
    • Chairperson, 2016 – Present
  • Presenter – Social Law Library Program on Motions to Vacate” March 2024

What Our Clients Say

[Excerpt from a letter to Ryan Faenza Carey:]

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the individuals at RFC who helped me through my divorce, an extremely draining period I have had to endure over the course of the last 3 and a half years…In particular, to Kara, my attorney, who with her sense of understanding of my emotional rollercoaster, her sense of getting business done in my best interest, and somewhere in there, an acute sense of humor, as she kept me on track….Marilynne, who sat me down, gave me a water and the Silver Linings book and told me that all things could be dealt with…. Thank you for all your efforts.

R.L., client of Kara J. Carey

“Hi  Kara,
Thank you so much for all your help! I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into the case, especially working with such a short deadline! You seem to be very good at what you do.”

D.L., client of Kara J. Carey

“Kara Carey is an extremely knowledgeable attorney as well as a true professional who clearly understands her client’s needs. Not only did she consistently advocate for me, but she was always available either by phone or email to answer any questions that I had. She clearly communicated the situation throughout the entire process.  I highly recommend Kara as she is effective, highly knowledgeable, works extremely hard and not only makes time for me to ask questions and but answers them clearly so I understand.  I personally recommend Kara to all my friends and family as she is also very trustworthy.  Kara is the Best!!!  Ryan Faenza Carey — Thank you for everything!!!”

C.O. (Medfield, MA), client of Kara J. Carey

“Kara Carey is one of the most professional women we have ever met.  She guided us through a tough process and pushed for things we didn’t even know existed.  She was extremely knowledgeable in family law and child advocacy.  Kara was the person that made the difference between us getting full sole custody of my husbands daughter.  Our case ended back in 2018 and we are still in touch giving her updates about our daughter.  We are extremely grateful for all the information, late nights and dedication that she put into our case, without her we would not be a complete family.  I recommended Kara to a coworker and he was just as pleased.  I will continue to recommend Kara in future years.  Kara is an amazing lawyer and we thank her for everything she has done for our family.”

S.J., client of Kara J. Carey
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