Marilyn is a founding member and partner of Harvey & Mahoney. She received her law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, N.H. in 1980. She and Campbell Harvey started their firm in 1981 as a general practice, after having worked successfully together to draft and lobby for the original version of New Hampshire’s law to protect victims of domestic violence (RSA 173-B).
Marilyn has represented numerous men and women in divorces, parenting disputes, paternity and child support cases, domestic violence cases, adoptions, guardianships, and post-divorce modifications and enforcement actions. She works hard to achieve a successful settlement for clients out of court, and is prepared to use appropriate alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and collaborative law methods. However, if out-of-court resolution is not possible, she can and will assertively litigate a case as warranted. Marilyn enjoys working with couples as a mediator herself, and has helped numerous couples amicably bring their divorces to a peaceful resolution without litigation.
Marilyn is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1980, and its Children’s Law Section. She also is a member of the American Bar Association. She has belonged to the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire since its inception.
In addition to practicing law, she is deeply committed to contributing her volunteer services to the New Hampshire community. Currently, she is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Child & Family Services of N.H., a non-profit social service agency. She is active with the Children’s Lobby of N.H. She was a member of the Family Law Task Force that developed New Hampshire’s current parenting statute. Her high priority is to advocate for sound legislative policy relating to New Hampshire’s divorce laws and laws affecting children, so she has frequently testified before legislative committees in support of or opposition to proposed legislation.
She was a member of the N.H. Commission on the Status of Women. In 2005 and again in 2011, she received the N.H. Bar Association’s Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the many hours of free legal services she has provided to low-income clients. In 2015, she received the N.H. Bar Association’s L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services to the Poor. In 2017, she was deeply honored to receive the Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award.
Marilyn lives in rural New Hampshire, where she loves to garden and to make maple syrup every spring with her husband, Jim. She credits her children, Nora and Dillon, with teaching her what she knows about the important things in life.