Wrongfully retained child returned to mother in Costa Rica under Hague Convention
Michael Stangarone

Wrongfully retained child returned to mother in Costa Rica under Hague Convention

A recent decision offers crucial guidance on wrongful retention cases under the Hague Convention, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone . While many cases decided under the Convention involve parental abduction between signatory countries, the mother in V. v. K. initially ...

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Court Examines Equality of Standard of Living in Determining Spousal Support
Michael Stangarone

Court Examines Equality of Standard of Living in Determining Spousal Support

Stoodley v. Stoodley 2021 NLCA5 is an important decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal addressing the issue of spousal support and the application of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAGs) involving high-income individuals in a long term marriage. The case offers a ...

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Finding of Fraudulent Conveyance in Family Law Proceeding
Michael Stangarone, Stephen Kirby

Finding of Fraudulent Conveyance in Family Law Proceeding

Finding of fraudulent conveyance in a family law proceeding and rare vesting order hands non-compliant ex-husband’s share of the matrimonial home to former spouse A rare vesting order granting a woman full ownership of a matrimonial home could save years in enforcement efforts against ...

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When Hague Convention Intersects with Domestic Law
Michael Stangarone, Kristy Maurina, Alice Parama

When Hague Convention Intersects with Domestic Law

When a return application is brought in Ontario following a child's abduction, the court must determine whether to proceed under the Hague Convention of Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Convention) or s. 40 of the Children's Law Reform Act.  Although similar in many ...

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IAFL Welcomes Michael Stangarone
Michael Stangarone

IAFL Welcomes Michael Stangarone

MacDonald & Partners LLP is pleased to announce Michael Stangarone has been welcomed into the International Academy of Family Lawyers. IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists.  ...

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Best Lawyers in Canada - Recognition
Gary Joseph, Geoffrey Wells, Michael Stangarone, William Abbott

Best Lawyers in Canada - Recognition

MacDonald & Partners LLP is pleased to announce that Gary Joseph, William Abbott, Geoffrey Wells and Michael Stangarone have been recognized as leaders in their field in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada ® for their work in Family Law.

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Reconciliation and the Interaction between Standard Form Agreements and Common Law
Michael Stangarone, Stephen Kirby

Reconciliation and the Interaction between Standard Form Agreements and Common Law

Separating spouses and their counsel must take care when relying on standard reconciliation clauses in separation agreements as highlighted by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in the recent decision... Original article posted by  The Lawyer's Daily , and requires a subscription to ...

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Tailor reconciliation clauses to ensure parties’ intentions are reflected
Michael Stangarone

Tailor reconciliation clauses to ensure parties’ intentions are reflected

Splitting spouses must take care when using standard reconciliation clauses in separation agreements, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone . In the recent case of Miaskowski v. MacIntyre , the Court of Appeal for Ontario considered a twice-separated couple’s dispute ...

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Onus unchanged during pandemic in ‘exclusive possession’ cases
Michael Stangarone

Onus unchanged during pandemic in ‘exclusive possession’ cases

COVID-19 may be playing havoc with the court system, but it has not changed the burden of proof in disputes over exclusive possession of the matrimonial home, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone . In the recent case of C. v. C. , a mother of two children applied for exclusive ...

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Non-Hague countries subject to different test for return of abducted children
Michael Stangarone

Non-Hague countries subject to different test for return of abducted children

Courts are right to distinguish between Hague and non-Hague countries when deciding whether to order the return of abducted children, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone . In G. v. R. , Ontario’s Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision ordering a mother to ...

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OCA provides roadmap to new test in Hague Convention cases
Michael Stangarone

OCA provides roadmap to new test in Hague Convention cases

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal  decision  provides guidance for counsel dealing with cases of wrongful removal or retention of children under the Hague Convention, says Toronto family lawyer  Michael Stangarone , who argued one of the  first cases  interpreting the ...

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Ontario court returns abducted children to Nevada in Hague Convention case
Michael Stangarone, Meghann Melito

Ontario court returns abducted children to Nevada in Hague Convention case

A Nevada father breathed a sigh of relief after an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the return of his abducted infant children to the U.S. state, says Toronto family lawyer  Meghann Melito . The case of  V. v. O.  was heard in Newmarket, several months after the ...

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Michael Stangarone

Michael Stangarone Recognized as a Leader in Family Law in Toronto

MacDonald and Partners LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Stangarone , Partner, has been recognized as a leader in his field in the latest edition of  The Best Lawyers in Canada ® for his work in Family Law in Toronto for the second straight year. He was previously recognized for ...

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Michael Stangarone

Michael Stangarone feature by Moshier Law

Michael Stangarone's involvment with a case involving a Canadian women's plea to have her abducted child returned has been featured by Moshier Law. Please take the time to read their article The Hague Convention and Relocation of a Child Interstate or Internationally.

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Michael Stangarone, Family Law

Michael Stangarone has been recognized as a leader...

  MacDonald and Partners LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Stangarone has been recognized as a leader in his field in the latest edition of  The Best Lawyers in Canada ® for his work in Family Law in Toronto. He was previously recognized for his strong litigation ...

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Michael Stangarone, Family Law

Equalization can’t be mischaracterized as support

Making the intentions behind the terms of a separation agreement clear from the start may save a divorced couple the trouble of further conflict and litigation down the road, says Toronto family lawyer  Michael Stangarone . Stangarone, a partner with  MacDonald and Partners LLP , ...

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