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Maria Caley

Family Attorney at Newport, RI

5.0   18 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Maria

Learn Maria’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    19 years

  2. Family
    Custody / Placement Child Support Restraining Orders

    19 years


I am a life long resident of Rhode Island.  After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, I received my law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.  While I attended law school I was selected to serve an internship with the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney for the First Circuit, District of Rhode Island, as well as an internship at the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General.  Additionally, I was a law clerk at Corcoran, Peckham & Hayes, one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in Newport County.  Whilst in law school I volunteered at the Veterans Legal Service Project, Administering legal aid to low income veterans.

I was a general partner at Caley & Euler, LLC until I joined the Family Law Center of Rhode Island. 

In 2010, I was the founding partner of Pelletier, Clarke & Caley, LLC.

Bar Membership:

Rhode Island

United States District Court, District of Rhode Island

Supreme Court of the United States


Rhode Island Bar Association

Newport Bar Association 

Rhode Island Family Court Bench Bar Committee

The Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court


Pelletier, Clarke & Caley, LLC


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney for Complex Cases
I recently had the privilege of working with Maria Caley who exceeded my expectations in every aspect of my high conflict interstate case involving domestic violence. From start to finish, she displayed an exceptional level of dedication, professionalism, and expertise. I am thrilled to write this review to express my utmost gratitude and recommend her services to anyone in need of a compassionate and fierce advocate. Throughout the entire legal process, Ms. Caley consistently consulted with me, ensuring that I was fully informed and actively involved in every decision that needed to be made. Her attention to detail and commitment to keeping me informed every step of the way greatly alleviated my anxieties during this difficult time. I appreciated her willingness to explain all the available options, patiently discussing the pros and cons of each, which enabled me to make well-informed decisions. What impressed me the most about Maria was her unwavering dedication to the best interest of my child. She approached the case with the utmost care, always considering the long-term impact on my child's well-being. Her ability to balance her fierceness in the courtroom with her compassionate nature was truly remarkable. I felt reassured that my child's safety was her top priority. I would not hesitate to retain her services again if needed in the future. Her professionalism, compassion, and fierce dedication make her an invaluable asset in any legal battle. I am forever grateful for the peace of mind she provided throughout the process. She fought tirelessly for my child's safety and ensured that the necessary safeguards were put in place. Without reservation, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation in complex custody cases, especially those involving domestic violence.
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Posted by Thomas | May 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Fantastic Lawyer
If you're in the market for a lawyer that will make you feel like they're a part of your family rather than just a hired professional, then look no further than Maria Caley! She recently represented me in a parental rights/custody case and I cannot say enough good things about her. Maria went above and beyond to ensure that I was well-informed throughout the entire process. She kept me in the loop every step of the way and made sure that I felt comfortable and at ease with everything that was happening. Aside from being a great communicator, Maria was an absolute powerhouse in the courtroom. Her knowledge and expertise in the area of law were apparent from day one and it was evident that she was always ten steps ahead of the opposing counsel. She fought for my rights tirelessly and relentlessly, and I cannot thank her enough for everything she did for me. Overall, I would highly recommend Maria to anyone in need of legal representation. She is an exceptional lawyer who truly cares about her clients and will go above and beyond to ensure that they receive the best possible outcome. Thank you again Maria!!
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Posted by Beth | January 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mine was a high-conflict, same-sex divorce, fraught with emotional and legally complex issues. Maria not only navigated these with finesse, apt research, collaboration, and legal prowess, but an extraordinary amount of professional and personal care throughout the ordeal. Her insight, acumen, and dedication to a positive outcome were unparalleled. Entirely satisfied and highly recommend. Not enough stars!
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Posted by Alex | July 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
After reading several positive reviews about Maria Caley and her aggressive approach when handling tough cases, I knew I needed to hire her. Maria was a pleasure to work with and was always readily available to answer any questions I had even throughout the pandemic. Despite the challenges presented in my case, Maria remained both positive and helpful every step of the way. I was kept well informed from start to finis via phone calls, Emails and documentation provided to me for my own record-keeping (which I greatly appreciated). Maria maintained a clear line of communication throughout the entire process, and always made sure I understood what was going on. I am extremely grateful for all that she’s done for me throughout our time working together, and would not hesitate to use her again in the future if needed. If you are looking for an attorney who is aggressive, knowledgeable and will fight to get you the best possible outcome. I would definitely recommend Maria Caley
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Posted by Brian DeShane | June 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The best Attorney in Rhode Island
I am so very thankful for the dedication, professionalism and above all passion Maria how has for her clients. After 10 long years in a complicated interstate custody battle I was fortunate to have found Maria. She was efficient, very responsive and a beacon of hope to my family. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the law are unsurpassed. She was patient with me, always answered my questions and gave objective counsel. Her hard work and diligence resulted in a favorable outcome in my case. I would highly recommend Maria Caley without reservation
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Rating is definitely a 5!
Maria, is very professional and is always attentive to answering all my questions. She goes above an beyond and I definitely recommend her as a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Maria!
I was truly blessed to have found Maria. I had previously had a different lawyer who I felt did not understand or want to understand my situation. Maria listens and keeps you informed each step of the way. Unlike my previous experience she would return my calls in a timely manner and I always felt like my case was a top priority to her, even though I knew she had many other clients. My divorce was a very complicated and different one. I called many attorneys who did not want to take my case. Maria took me on immediately. She was honest and words cannot describe how supportive she was. She was knowledgeable and when she didn't have the answers she was honest and found them. It is so scary to find yourself in a place of divorce. But truly look no further and give Maria a call!
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Posted by Mike | July 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Representation
Maria has been representing me for years through extremely complex and trying family law litigation and she has excelled in all aspects of her discipline. She has always been knowledgeable, articulate, and well prepared both in court and in the office. Maria also provides amazing support as your advocate by making sure you are well informed. She is great at clearly and concisely explaining options and possibilities in a simple and straightforward manner. She is trustworthy in the guidance she provides. I have never once felt that Maria’s focus is anything other than the best possible outcome for my case. She’s a prompt communicator and quickly responds to phone calls and emails. Her billing practices are transparent and fair. Maria is a consummate professional that you can count on.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2019
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Maria Caley Client Review
Maria is a very professional lawyer that takes her clients concerns very seriously. She is an excellent communicator and will lay out all of the options available to you in plain terminology that you can understand. She returns phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Maria aggressively protected me from the other party and from myself at times when I was attempting to be too accommodating or too nice. She cared in the interest of my children as well as me as we moved through a very stressful ordeal. She had our back at all times and I highly recommend her to have yours as well.
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Posted by Bill | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Counsel!
An extraordinarily well-prepared lawyer who is supremely-experienced in family law - I hired Maria to represent me in two divorces and couldn't be happier. She walked me through the process - made sure I understood each step and was comfortable along the way. She was available for consultation as issues arose and was easy to communicate with - even when i was feeling stressed. I would recommend her to anyone needing assistance in Family Court - kind, considerate, helpful, great listener, but can be a pitbull in court when representing her client's interests.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Difficult divorce
I hired Maria after scheduling a free 1/2 hour consultation. She explained the divorce process clearly. I found her to be professional and easy to work with. She always responded quickly to any questions or concerns and her fees were very fair. Working with Maria made a very difficult process much less stressful. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Matt | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Representation!
I hired Maria to represent me, in what I thought was going to be a simple and straightforward divorce. My case turned out to be anything but routine, being one of the most complicated cases she had ever seen. Maria rose to the challenge and handled all aspects of my case in an efficient and effective manner. Maria is well versed in the law, but she also listens to her clients. I would give her my highest praise and would not hesitate to call her again, should I ever need an attorney.
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Posted by Nicolle | March 3, 2015
attorney skeptic
Maria followed through with all my phonecalls, my questions and concerns about my divorce . She never lost her focus .She did it all with sincerety. I never once felt as if she was steering me wrong.I couldnt have been more cared for during such a hard time.Thank you Maria !
Posted by Mike | November 21, 2014
She was so polite on the phone when I called to ask questions about divorce 9 out of 10 was rude and wanted money. But maria was nice treated me like a good friend and gave me good advice
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2014
Excellent attorney
Maria handled my divorce back in 2012. Not only is she incredibly informed, she listened to my desire to mediate and keep things as streamlined and uncomplicated as possible in a difficult situation. I was able to settle quickly with my former husband, and not make things adversarial or costly to either sides. Maria prepared me for my day in court, and walked me through the entire process. I highly recommend her as an attorney.
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Posted by Emily | November 22, 2013
Maria Caley is the Best!
Maria Caley is a fantastic attorney and I have trusted her and her alone with all of my needs regarding family law. She has been my rock during some shaky times and I would recommend her to anyone, including a family member, who needs a lawyer they can count on. Maria is down to earth and ready to stand up for what's right. I am so grateful that she was once recommended to me.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2013
A Trustworthy and Determined Fighter
Maria was my lawyer in a child custody and support case in 2012. From our first meeting she was extremely professional and went over all of my options. She championed my case and fought for me at every turn. Her accessibility, reliability, and determination were greatly appreciated. I couldn't have asked for better representation. She treated me as more than just a case number and I'm proud to endorse her services.
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Posted by Priscilla | November 14, 2013
Highly Recommended
Ms Caley is wonderful! She is a very competent, knowledgeable and diligent lawyer and went above and beyond the normal client/attorney affiliation. I would not hesitate to use her services again should the need arise and would highly recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pelletier, Clarke & Caley, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Family Law Center of Rhode Island
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Caley & Euler, LLC
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Rhode Island Attorney General's Office
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Legal Intern
  • Corcoran, Peckham & Hayes
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office Department Of Justice
  • 1993 - 1993
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Family Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court
  • 2011 - Present
  • Newport County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Maria
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maria Caley has an excellent reputation in the practice area of Family Law. She is attentive and responsive to the needs and concerns of her clients. I would highly recommend her services."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Maria on a challenging visitation / child support matter. She was always professional and courteous to work with, while being a strong advocate for her client. We both tried to guide our clients towards an agreement that was acceptable to both sides and were able to do so."
Newport Family Lawyer Maria Caley
Maria Caley
Family Attorney
Newport, RI
Licensed for 18 years
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