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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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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Tanille Jordan, Law Clerk


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Stephen Kirby, Associate


Serena Lein

Serena Lein, Associate


Meghann Melito

Meghann Melito, Associate


Michael Stangarone B.A. (Hons), LL.B.


Michael Stangarone is a Family Law lawyer and passionate advocate for justice and fairness for families and Family Law litigants.

  • Joined MacDonald & Partners LLP as an associate in 2005 and became a partner in 2011
  • Practice includes all areas of family law including complex property and support matters, inter-jurisdictional support and custody/access issues, international abduction (Hague Convention) cases, mobility issues, appeals, and custody and access disputes
  • Strong and leading litigator and advocate at all levels of Court in Ontario with many reported decisions
  • Specific expertise in the area of international child abduction involving Hague and non-Hague Convention countries, with many reported decisions in this area including but not limited to Geliedan v. RawdahBalev v. Baggott, Vantriet v. Ogutu, Singh v. Ramotar, Usmani v. Hassan, and Daji v. AlNaser
  • Effective, strong and reasonable negotiator, invoking alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, (mediation and mediation/arbitration) to reach successful resolution of complex Family Law matters

Passionate Advocate

  • Appears at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Author of numerous articles for legal education programs and various publications
  • Presented on the issue of International Child Abduction under the Hague Convention
  • Contributing author to books written by MacDonald & Partners LLP including Handling A Family Law Matter and Family Law Arbitration in Canada
  • Member of the Law Society of Ontario, Advocates' Society, Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association 

Notable Cases & Publications

    • Balev v. Baggott, 2016 ONSC 841 (S.C.J)
    • Balev v. Baggott, 2016 ONSC 55 (S.C.J)
    • Barber v. Magee, 2016 CarswellOnt 8923 (O.N.C.A)
    • Goetschel v. Goetschel, 2016 ONSC 400 (S.C.J)
    • Goetschel v. Goetschel, 2016 ONSC 4088 (S.C J)
    • Korn v. Korn, 2016 ONSC 241 (S.C.J)
    • Ma v. Chao, 2016 ONSC 585 (S.C.J)
    • McClintock v. Karam, 2016 ONSC 6986 (S.C.J)
    • Petit v. Petit, 2016 ONSC 1566 (S.C.J)
    • Petit v. Petit, 2016 ONSC 849 (S.C.J)
    • Shishkin v. Shishkin, 2016 ONSC 3771 (S.C.J)
    • Sine v. Bannister, 2016 ONSC 7750 (S.C.J)
    • Usmani v. Hassan, 2016 ONSC 6453 (S.C.J)
    • Barber v. Magee, 2015 ONSC 8054 (S.C.J)
    • McClintock v. Karam, 2015 ONSC 1024 (S.C.J)
    • Nowacki v. Nowacki, 2015 CarswellOnt 10462 (O.N.C.A)
    • Tadayon v. Mohtashami, 2015 ONCA 777 (O.N.C.A)
    • Howard v. Martin, 2014 ONCA 309 (O.N.C.A)
    • Ignjatov v. Di Lauro, 2014 ONSC 7362 (S.C.J)
    • Ignjatov v. Di Lauro, 2014 ONSC 4228 (S.C.J)
    • McSkimming v. Schmuck, 2014 CarswellOnt 8435 (S.C.J)
    • Nowacki v. Nowacki, 2015 ONSC 973 (S.C.J)
    • Balsmeier v. Balsmeier, 2014 ONSC 5305 (S.C.J)
    • Hastings v. Deakin, 2014 ONCJ 618 (O.C.J)
    • Stetco v. Stetco, 2014 ONCA 370 (O.N.C.A)
    • Valettas v. Chrissanthakopoulos, 2014 ONSC 5962 (S.C.J)
    • Barber v. Magee, 2013 ONCJ 552 (O.C.J)
    • Ciarlariello v. Iuele-Ciarlariello, 2013 ONSC 1455 (S.C.J)
    • Freeman v. Freeman, 2013 ONSC 5756 (S.C.J)
    • Freeman v. Freeman, 2013 ONSC 4934 (S.C.J)
    • Loeb v. Loeb, 2013 ONSC 1730 (S.C.J)
    • Quazi v. Bhuiyan, 2013 ONSC 5442 (S.C.J)
    • Quazi v. Bhuiyan, 2013 ONSC 1738 (S.C.J)
    • Service v. Service, 2013 ONSC 2002 (S.C. J)
    • Valettas v. Chrissanthakopoulos, 2013 ONSC 4936 (S.C.J)
    • Valettas v. Chrissanthakopoulos, 2013 ONSC 6517 (S.C.J)
    • Ciarlariello v. Iuele-Ciarlariello, 2012 ONSC 6636 (S.C.J)
    • Younis v. Bar, 2012 ONSC 1945 (S.C.J)
    • Younis v. Bar, 2012 CarswellOnt 7151 (S.C.J)
    • Cole v. Cole, 2011 ONSC 4794 (S.C.J)
    • Gagne v. Gagne, 2011 ONCA 188 (O.N.C.A)
    • Ketelaars v. Ketelaars, 2011 ONCA 349 (O.N.C.A)
    • Peters v. Smith, 2011 ONSC 4255 (S.C.J)
    • Service v. Service, 2011 ONSC 6911 (S.C.J)
    • Service v. Service, 2011 ONSC 4900 (S.C.J)
    • Abib v. Abib, 2010 ONCA 827 (O.N.C.A)
    • Abib v. Abib, 2010 ONSC 5869 (S.C.J)
    • Azougarh v. Maliakkal, 2010 ONCJ 610 (O.C.J)
    • Covriga v. Covriga, 2010 ONSC 3030 (S.C.J)
    • May-Iannizzi v. Iannizzi, 2010 ONCA 519 (O.N.C.A)
    • McLean v. Danicic, 2010 ONCA 22 (O.N.C.A)
    • Pustai v. Pustai, 2010 ONCA 251 (O.N.C.A)
    • Yelavich v. Yelavich, 2010 CarswellOnt 5460 (S.C.J)
    • Yelavich v. Yelavich, 2010 ONSC 3357 (S.C.J)
    • Bessner v. Cairns, 2009 CarswellOnt 7213 (S.C.J)
    • Covriga v. Covriga, 2009 CarswellOnt 4718 (S.C.J)
    • Covriga v. Covriga, 2009 CarswellOnt 4709 (S.C.J)
    • McLean v. Danicic, 2009 CarswellOnt 3289 (S.C.J)
    • Pavon v. Flores, 2009 CarswellOnt 1297 (S.C.J)
    • Jessop v. Wright, 2008 ONCA 673 (O.N.C.A)
    • Potyrala v. Potyrala, 2008 CarswellOnt 32 (S.C.J)
    • Potyrala v. Potyrala, 2008 CarswellOnt 6087 (S.C.J)
    • Foran v. Foran, 2007 CarswellOnt 2091 (S.C.J)
    • Potyrala v. Potyrala, 2007 CarswellOnt 6589 (S.C.J)

Other Publications

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work, I appreciate how quickly you were able to settle this matter for me. You accomplished more in a few short weeks than my previous lawyer did in over a year. I hope that I'll never need your services in the future but if I'm ever bamboozled again you'll be my first call. I'm also in the "divorce demographic" so don't be surprised to get a few referrals from me going forward. Thanks again.


Thank you so very much for everything that you and Meghann did today and in the lead up. I think that the judge was very fair. So happy.


Hey Meghann & Michael,

Thank you so much for all that you have done and did for this motion to go the way it did today.

I feel pretty good about what has happened

Thanks so much.


I wanted to re thank you for today. You did an amazing job and I feel a bit normal for the first time in over 2 years

Thank You & very appreciated


Thank you all so much for the time and attention you provided in helping corral this divorce into a final settlement. I'm so relieved to have this process done and over with and appreciate how focused and forward-thinking you all were. Stephen was particularly instrumental on that last day when I went in and expected nothing would be accomplished (on their end) and turned it all around. I was really impressed. Michael, you have an excellent team. Thank you again and if I can send any positive referrals or reviews your way please let me know. 


The day you so kindly agreed to meet me at 4 pm on a Friday before your family holiday was life altering. You also made me feel better and to have courage to pursue what’s right. I will never forget that day. I am forever indebted to you and Stephen. The impact of your work has changed the direction of my families life. I hope you both know what a real contribution you are making to society.


I wanted to just take a moment and thank you both for all the hard work you put into this trial. Your hard work has given the children and I a fighting chance at a future that they deserve to have. Whatever the outcome I will be eternally grateful that we had you both on our side. Thank you both and have a wonderful evening.

Many thanks, K.

I can't tell you both just how invaluable your presentation was! It can be such dangerous ground for mediators to venture into, especially if they do not have a family law background, so highlighting the very crucial elements to establishing an unjust enrichment claim and describing how difficult and fact-based it is to justify a remedial constructive trust was very helpful for the family dispute professionals in the room to hear. I am so grateful that you were both able to be a part of this year's conference, especially given your schedules. It was a great presentation and I hope we can work together in the future.

FDRIO Conference

THANK YOU!!  We are bereft of words. The children are exceptionally beautiful and seem very happy right now.  Can't put into words this miracle that you made happen.  Forever and even more we are all grateful. 


I would like to thank you all for your outstanding work.  I was talking to D today and she read to me what MacDonald & Partners had produced in response and I must say it is brilliant. 

Thank you again,


Words can’t express my gratitude in your expert work on my children’s behalf; but also for your incredible patience with me in truly my worst hours and under the most stressful circumstances. I thank you for standing by me and supporting me and negotiating what I believe is really a great settlement for the children.


I honestly can’t find the words to thank you all for the work you put into my case. Because of you all and your determination to fight for me and my daughter we achieved what I thought was impossible. It’s because of your hard work, brains, attention to detail, and care for me and my cause that we got here. Thank you so much for everything and you guys will forever hold a place in my heart for helping me through the most difficult time of my life. I'm truly blessed to have you guys on my side, I love you guys.


Dear Michael and Stephen
I continue to replay yesterday in my head and am increasingly satisfied that it was a great and unequivocal win. You guys were truly fantastic in extracting the truth.


Thanking you Michael; you do more good than you could ever know. I also want to let you know that Stephen is absolutely excellent as a lawyer and as a person. I feel very lucky to be working with both of you.