I have been practicing in the area of family law exclusively since 2006. Although I very much enjoyed my family law course at Western, it wasn’t until my articling year that I decided that I wanted to be a family lawyer. Ultimately, the deciding factor for me was people – the everyday engagement with my clients is challenging and rewarding, but above all, it’s the relationships that I build and the positive transformation I see in my clients that keeps me going and pushes me to keep growing as an advocate.
I always try to see clients as three dimensional – they aren’t just the person who calls me on the phone or comes into the office to sign a document. They have rich and full lives outside of their family law issue, and I try my best everyday to problem solve and manage their matter so they can enjoy those rich and full lives rather than letting their family law issue take over completely. When I first started practicing, I learned very quickly that as family counsel we often meet people at the most difficult and stressful point in their lives. I try to remember that in my dealings with my clients; they aren’t their problems, and as family counsel we should be emphatic and compassionate while also being proactive and strategic. This mindset helps my clients to trust me, and overall I think it makes me a better advocate. Clients trust us with the details of their most private and intimate matters – from issues involving their children to their bank account statements. That trust is a privilege, and I treat that privilege with respect and responsibility. As lawyers we do a lot of talking, but I believe the best lawyers are also the best listeners, and my clients always know I’m listening.
I was also drawn to family law because of the challenge. I can’t think of any other practice that touches upon so many other areas of the law – property, tax, estates, insurance, education, business, bankruptcy, real estate, and sometimes criminal. The area itself is always developing and has a direct impact on the lives of so many Canadians. How exciting to be a part of this!
After six years at one of the largest family law firms in Canada, I moved to Stanchieri Family Law where I became a Partner in 2016. I could not be more proud of our team, the work we accomplish, and the quality of service we deliver to each of our clients. Our clients know we will pursue their claims vigorously, and they also know that we have invested in their positive outcome.
I have a keen interest in custody and access matters and in 2014 joined the legal panel at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. I have also worked on complex financial and property issues, and I particularly enjoy files that involve both interesting children’s issues and challenging financial matters. I am a confident litigator and do not shy away from the courtroom, although I appreciate that a negotiated settlement involves the “buy in” of each party which can be the hallmark of a successful and long-standing settlement. I am also trained in collaborative family law where interest based negotiations assist families to resolve their disputes outside of litigation. I am driven and determined in the pursuit of my client’s claims, but I am also practical and reasonable because I understand that this combination brings the best result. In family law we have to be flexible in our approach to problem solving. There is no “one size fits all” – sometimes we start with litigation and move to mediation for a great settlement. Sometimes we start with negotiation and then move to litigation to achieve a great result . Flexibility is key when dealing with multi-dimensional matters and changing facts.
Outside of the law I volunteer in my community, run after two rambunctious and inquisitive boys, and enjoy fiction novels and the theatre – both as an audience member and on the stage at the community level. My outside interests balance me, make me more organized, and fuel my passion for my work.
Since I began to exclusively practice family law, I have seen such changes to the legal landscape. I have also witnessed first hand how that has translated into positive change in the lives of our clients. There is nothing more rewarding than having even the smallest role in watching a client come out of the other side of their legal matter with dignity, hope and enthusiasm for the future that lies ahead.
Separation and divorce are never easy. But things become even more difficult when the turn of events is sudden, unexpected and you are left feeling vulnerable. At such a time, you need a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable and very professional, but also listens, understands and has a structured plan along the way. Christine Marchetti is all of that and much much more! I am fortunate to have had the professional support and guidance of Christine through this very sad and difficult time of my life. I write this note, more as a sincere thank you to Christine, and also so that others may benefit from the professional services of Stanchieri Family Law in general and Christine Marchetti in particular.
Going through a separation unexpectedly is traumatizing. In addition, the situation of our family was quite complex which added a good dose of stress. Thankfully, Christine and the firm was referred to me by a friend. Christine was able to guide me in this process in a very competent manner; taking the time to answer all of my questions from the most basic ones to those more complicated. Together with her entire team, they demonstrated empathy, compassion and understanding. Before the breakdown, I made decisions that were not the best. I am glad Christine was on my side when it was time to address them. I will conclude by saying I am extremely grateful that Christine was my partner-lawyer in this process and not the other way around! Thanks to Christine my final outcome was the best I could hope for. She was amazing.
I don’t know where to start , but here goes. I used a lawyer which I will not mention for about 30 months prior to Stanchieri Family Law. Slow and very painful with little results, but some minor issues where resolved. Costly for what I got. I was referred to Christine M from Stanchieri Family Law Dec of 2016 we had a meeting for about 90 to 120 mins to discuss my case. Straightforward she explained every detail, Now People listen to me I spend 30 months suffering with my first lawyer. By Feb 2017 we where in court and again in May 2017. The difference of going with a firm you have a team working with you not for you like my first lawyer. The ultimate goal is met. Now people I’m a 47 year old man with a Beautiful 6 year old girl that I have joint custody full weekend sleepovers. Now life is awesome. Last but not least in my case our teams bill was 35% cheaper then the opposing side. One other thing I want to share Christine and Katelynn I can’t thank you two enough you’ve changed two people’s life’s forever God Bless. You want the job done call the team for results.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Christine and her advice and support through my matter. We dealt with a lot of issues, and Christine was able to keep me on track, on budget, all while managing my own needs and expectations. I would strongly recommend Christine to anyone in search of a family lawyer. Her expertise and support was greatly appreciated.
The initial thought of separation is an overwhelming and difficult time in one’s life. The fear of the unknown is unimaginable. The expertise at Stanchieri Family Law provided me with the comfort, guidance and reassurance I needed in order to get through this difficult period. Christine’s collaborative approach made it easy for me to put my trust in her abilities from the onset. Her ability to read a situation and provide me with expert legal advice allowed me to make rational cost-effective decisions. A sincere thank you to Christine and her team.
It was a great and painless experience dealing with Stanchieri Family Law during my divorce. They were extremely professional and very patient with our family issues. A special thanks to my team, Christine, Ashley and Krystal.
Christine was always responsive and professional. She is personable and sympathetic, while maintaining a good and objective perspective on a case. She was knowledgeable and resourceful at seeking other professionals’ input as needed. Most of all, she has a collaborative approach but is comfortable and skilled at being adversarial when needed, a very important quality in family law. Highly recommend.
Had the greatest pleasure of working with Christine Marchetti and Cheryl Macarasig. What an amazing team! Just to give everyone an idea of the complexity: 1600 days age,11-day trial,4+ yrs of conflict incl. every aspect of a complicated family law(OCL, CAS, Police, etc.) On top of that mobility issues – double jurisdiction between US and Canada. Christine and Cheryl finalized my case in less than a year. Exceptional attention to details/communication/court appearance skills! Thank you so much!!!
The firm as a whole are very professional. We communicated entirely through emails and by phone since I reside in NC, USA. The emails were answered within minutes and phone calls answered instantly. My particular lawyer Christine Marchetti did an outstanding job putting the senior opposing counsel in their place.
Christine Marchetti was very helpful to me in my initial consultation, generous with her time and gave excellent advice as I considered my options. She was direct and clear in her advice as we worked through the details of a separation agreement and although not entirely in agreement with my ultimate choices was efficient and helpful as we concluded the negotiations. I highly recommend her to any others seeking help in family law issues.
It makes a world of difference to a client when they feel comfortable with you, trust you, and feel that you are going to be a strong advocate for them. As a family lawyer, I have the privilege of filling that role every day.
-- Christine Marchetti