After having practiced for 16 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different types of people in all areas of family law. As a result of this experience, I have a good understanding of the challenges that you may be facing.
I graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and was called to the bar in 2002. I have worked in my own practice since 2008. I had an interest in family law from the time I took my first family law course in law school and that interest grew over time. I completed a Master’s Degree in Family law in 2008 and continue to enjoy the challenges that family law brings. I enjoy the academic challenge of the ever-evolving case law and the application of the law to a client’s individual circumstances. People are what makes this area of law most interesting as no two cases are exactly the same.
Early in my family law career I was eager to gain experience and I took on as many cases as I could all over the GTA. I spent a great deal of time in court and in the hallways of family court, learning and watching. If you have ever been to family court on a busy motions day you’ll see what I saw, which was many scared, angry, sad or anxious people who are all thrown into a situation they feel they have little to no control over. The challenge for any family lawyer is trying to find a way to assist based on very specific circumstances. I learned that a “win” may not be what other people may want but something that the individual client needs. What complicates these legal problems are surrounding issues of mental health, personality disorders, domestic abuse or just an upset spouse who don’t want to let the marriage go. We take the clients as we find them and try to work with the issues as they present.
As I grew in my practice I started to work on more complex property division cases and custody/access disputes. The legal problems have changed in my practice but many of the underlying interactions between people continue to be the same in that they are always a challenge. I now work on cases involving the valuations of family businesses and multiple properties, trusts, income determinations and issues of child and spousal support. I routinely work with financial or mental health professionals who assist with providing expert evidence. I work a great deal in the private realm of mediations and/or arbitrations as many of my clients prefer the privacy and flexibility that this system provides. I do still attend in court routinely and some of my matters continue to be litigated in the public system. I have not forgotten the on the ground training in my early days which was invaluable in learning how to deal with difficult situations and difficult people.
In addition to my own practice I also function as a supervising lawyer on many files which are run by other lawyers in the firm. This is sometimes the most cost-efficient way for files to be handled. I am also a trained mediator and arbitrator for family law disputes.
As I reflect back on my training and experience so far, I can say without hesitation that it’s been an exciting and rewarding journey. I think of the many diverse people I have had the ability to represent and to work with. Their experiences have added to my experience and have allowed me to continue to grow as a family lawyer and as a person.
My passion for finding solutions for people is what has fueled the growth of my firm. I am now joined by a number of talented and equally passionate colleagues who all share the same philosophy – we will use the tools necessary to get our clients to a better place whether it be litigation, negotiation or some form of alternative dispute resolution but we will do it in a way that ensures the process is client centered.
We know that family law will continue to change and we must change with it. We are open to accepting that change and we now accept legal coaching retainers so that we can also help people who don’t want to fully retain a lawyer but need guidance in navigating their way through a legal separation or divorce. We also embrace summary processes that are available in the alternate dispute resolution realm and which allow us to deal with disputes more quickly and efficiently.
The family lawyer who you select should be someone who you trust and feel comfortable working with. As important as background and training is, it won’t matter if you don’t find the right fit for you. If you would like to schedule a consultation I would be pleased to provide you with more information about who we are and how we can help.
I was represented by Julie Stanchieri during my recent separation and divorce and could not have been more pleased with the outcomes. Julie and her team which included Ashley and Katelynn handled every detail and concern with a high level of care and expertise. Everyone at the firm is extremely professional and efficient as well as a pleasure to deal with. Going through a divorce is a highly emotional event in one’s life and Julie and her team approached everything with compassion and understanding. Her diligence and attention to detail ensured that my settlement was fair and protected my best interests.
Without hesitation I would highly recommend Julie and the entire team of professionals at Stanchieri Family Law!
Julie Stanchieri represented me for negotiating my marriage contract. I was satisfied with the services that she and her firm provided. She offered and explained all the possible strategies to me so I was well informed to make right decisions on my contract.
Julie had represented a family member of mine. That particular case was very much a financial-based file. It centered around a complicated commercial property valuation. I was quite impressed with Julie’s knowledge of valuation. She understands the subtleties that drive value and effectively conveys this to drive her client’s case forward. I say this as a valuator myself. If you are involved in a family law matter with significant valuation issues, you would be well served in retaining Julie and her team.
Highly recommend Stanchieri law. Julie Stanchieri, thank you for taking the time to listen and give me excellent, practical advice. You explained things so well and you made sure I understood my options. Your expertise was evident. It’s so refreshing to talk to a lawyer that genuinely cared. If you’re looking for a lawyer that really wants to help you, don’t look any further. I give you 5 stars easily. Thank you again.
Julie represented me with my Family Law case. My particular file was very much financial based involving complicated valuation issues. I was extremely impressed with Julie’s mastery of the valuation issues. It was evident to me that she has a particular aptitude for financial cases involving complex valuation issues, including forensic accounting and other related areas of expertise. Her depth of knowledge was quite apparent at trial with her questions and follow through questions in chief and particularly on cross-examination. If you retain Julie, you will find her to be honest, extremely hard-working, and a genuine advocate on your behalf. In addition, her legal support staff are outstanding people that share Julie’s view on a client centric practice.
I had a complicated case that went to trial and Julie won our case. Couldn’t ask for better results.
Julie is honest, reasonable and sensible.She will give you the best advice. Although lawyers are expensive, she will try her best to save you some costs. I have gone through probably one of the nastiest divorces and it still trickles along, she has been supportive to the best of her abilities.And she is persuasive. Her staff is very nice and prompt.
Working with Julie and the team through what was a very acrimonious divorce process that involved two young children, I relied on Julie’s guidance to ensure we were putting their best interest front and center. Her approach and knowledge of the family law ecosystem ensured the best possible outcome for myself and my children. I would personally recommend Julie and her team (and have to several friends) and continue to personally engage the team on a yearly basis as required.
The Stanchieri Family Law practice is an exceptionally competent and high quality firm. I was very impressed with their professionalism and how they really really cared about my family and I as they navigated through my extremely complicated divorce. I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and resourceful attorney.
Extremely knowledgeable, professional and effective. We need more lawyers like Julie Stanchieri. Thank you for helping with my complicated separation.
"We have the privilege of making positive changes in people’s lives, and it’s very rewarding when we hear from former clients who have successfully moved-on to happier lives. Each time we hear these stories, we are reminded of what drives us to practice family law."
-- Julie Stanchieri