ARTICLES ABOUT MICHAEL


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

While many cases decided under the Convention involve parental abduction between signatory countries, the mother in V. v. K. initially consented to her five-year-old daughter’s visit with the girl’s father in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. .. Read more

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 comprehensive analysis of the principle of equality of standard of living... Read more

Finding of Fraudulent Conveyance in Family Law Proceeding

A rare vesting order granting a woman full ownership of a matrimonial home could save years in enforcement efforts against her former husband, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone... Read more

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MICHAEL'S TEAM


Tanille Jordan, Senior Law Clerk
tjordan@mpllp.com

Stephen Kirby, Associate
skirby@mpllp.com

Meghann Melito, Associate
mmelito@mpllp.com

Chrissy Warren, Legal Assistant
cwarren@mpllp.com

Lauren Degabriele, Associate
ldegabriele@mpllp.com

Alice Parama, Associate
aparama@mpllp.com

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

Partner


Michael Stangarone is a partner at MacDonald & Partners LLP, where he has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2005. He was called to the Ontario Bar after earning his LLB at the University of Western Ontario. He regularly appears at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal, and has developed an expertise in cases involving international child abduction. Michael’s practice includes all areas of family law including complex property and support matters, inter-jurisdictional support and custody/access issues, international abduction (Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention) cases, mobility issues, appeals, and custody and access disputes. He has authored numerous articles for legal education programs and various publications, and is a popular speaker at legal education programs. Michael is a contributing author to the books written by MacDonald & Partners LLP, including Handling a Family Law Matter and Family Law Arbitration in Canada, and he has been quoted in various family law articles including in The Lawyers Daily, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, The Law Times and Toronto Sun. Michael is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Experienced Family Law Lawyer

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
  • Called to the Ontario Bar after earning his LLB at the University of Western Ontario, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, with distinction
  • Practice includes all areas of family law including complex property and support matters, inter-jurisdictional support and custody/access issues, international abduction (Hague Convention and non-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. Rawdah, Balev 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
  • Michael has been recognized by his peers as a leading Family Law Practitioner and has been awarded as a 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Ranked Lawyer
  • Was recently voted by his peers at the bar to the 2021, 15th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada

Passionate Advocate

  • Regularly 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, and has developed an expertise in cases involving international child abduction
  • Author of numerous articles for legal education programs and various publications
  • Presented on the issue of International Child Abduction under the Hague Convention
  • Has authored numerous articles for legal education programs and various publications and is a contributing author to the 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

Thank you so much for all your hard work over the last few days. I had never been in court before and that was very fascinating. I’m so impressed!! I was so nervous but it was handled and approached so well.

Anonymous

Thank you very much Michael. I really appreciate it. It has been a pleasure to work with you ! I wish you all the Best. Many blessings to you in Life. Stay safe & well.
Thank you !

Anonymous

Thanks for the great help Aria and Team. I will be very thankful to all of you for this great act of kindness.

Anonymous

I can not thank you and everyone enough for helping me to get my daughter back.

Anonymous

Absolutely. We are elated.  The truth finally comes out. All smiles.

Anonymous

Congratulations to you all on the successful outcome. We had never been in a situation like this before and despite the overwhelming feeling throughout, you and your entire amazing team showed a truly high level of professionalism and grit which helped keep us leveled on what would otherwise be a very emotional and angry process. It has been an adventure and we are glad that we chose you to help us through it.

Anonymous

Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me Michael!  Having you in my corner was the best decision I made!

Anonymous

I appreciate you have taken extra time for this extended hearing. First and foremost, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You did a fab job, given the circumstances. You were THE team to go with and bring it home). Thank you.

Anonymous

This is amazing, I have so much appreciation for you guys and what you do! ! !

Anonymous

Thank you so much Michael...we both cried today...happy tears! Thank you :)

Anonymous

THANK YOU for your calming presence on our calls and for your solid expertise in these legal matters.  It has made all the difference. I know this is all in a day’s work for you, but I just want to know that I appreciate your efforts.

Anonymous

This is wonderful news! Thank you again to you and your whole team. I know this was not easy and in the end honesty and hard work prevailed. I will always be indebted to all of you and will forever be grateful that my kids and I will never have to worry.

Anonymous

Thank you Meghann, Michael, and the team for the great job done.  I am very satisfied with this resolution.  My rights get protected the most.  I really appreciate.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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. 

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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. 

Anonymous

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,

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.