Going through a spousal separation, child custody battle, or other contested family law matter can be devastating for you and your children. You need advocacy that you can trust to get you through this time. Contact us now; you don’t need to do this alone.
James has experience handling a variety of civil disputes, from multi-million dollar commercial disputes to cases involving insurance denial, defamation, personal injury defence, minority shareholder oppression, estate actions, and personal injury defence cases.
Have you been charged with a criminal or quasi-criminal offence? You don’t need to face the authorities alone. James has experience dealing with Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and regulatory offences. Contact us now, and get your case on track.
Wills & Estates
Worried about what could happen to your loved ones after you’re gone? Are you tasked with administering a family member’s estate, and you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we can help.
Expert advocacy when you need it most.
James Milne has years of experience as a civil and family litigator, and has worked hard to ensure just results for his clients. He has also received extensive training in collaborative family law, including training in interest-based negotiation, the collaborative process, and interdisciplinary team training.
James graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He articled in Saskatchewan and practiced for some time as an associate doing family, civil, and estates work. For a time, he worked as a special prosecutor for the federal government in Northern Saskatchewan.
Before studying law, James grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. He received his Honours Bachelor's of Arts degree from Queen's University. He moved with his wife to Ontario in August 2015, and pursued work in private practice.
James is dedicated to fighting for his clients' rights. He argues passionately on behalf of his clients, and takes a pragmatic and personal approach to cases in order to arrive at the best possible resolution for his clients.
Custody and access disputes
Matrimonial property claims
Child & spousal support
Estate administration and litigation
Commercial and contract disputes
Personal injury defence
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The most difficult and emotional of family issues is often that of child custody and access. Emotion often plays a large party in a party’s positioning over custody and access issues – even more so than with other family law issues. This emotion-driven approach towards questions of custody and access often results in mistakes causing serious[…]
Family property rights in Ontario applies only between married individuals. Common law couples in Ontario have no right to division of family property under the Family Law Act, though they may be eligible for spousal support and may also be able to make a civil claim against their spouse post-separation. The rules governing the division[…]
This week’s topic is spousal support, perhaps the most difficult financial remedy to accurately assess under the Divorce Act. Spousal support is an amount paid from one spouse to the other as a result of the breakdown of a spousal relationship. Spousal support can be payable either under section 15.2 of the Divorce Act or[…]
A parent’s obligation to provide financial support for their children is addressed within section 15.1 of the Divorce Act and section 31 of the Family Law Act. Under the Divorce Act and the Family Property Act, a ‘parent’ can include a step-parent under certain circumstances. A step-parent can have an ongoing child support obligation for the[…]
Perhaps ironically, the simplest aspect of family law is the divorce itself. Most of the parties’ attention usually goes to child custody and access and corollary relief, such as spousal support, division of family property, and child support. This is in stark contrast to the history of divorce in Canada; prior to the passing of[…]
Through the Family Law Rules, the Ontario Courts have structured court actions to occur in discrete steps. While some steps may need to me repeated from time-to-time for a variety of reasons, most cases follow the structure set out in the Rules. Understanding the structure of a Children’s Law Act, Divorce Act, or Family Law[…]
Welcome to the first article in Jim-Bob’s Family Primer series! This series of articles is intended to provide some basic information about how the Ontario family law system functions, to help you understand how the law can affect you and your family! Let’s begin. The term, “family law”, relates to those areas of practice dealing with[…]
Take a simple separation. Your spouse moved out a few weeks ago. You have had passing contact with them; maybe you take some early steps try to split property or you arrange visits with the kids. Out of the blue a stranger leaves a package. You read on, and get a sinking feeling in your stomach…[…]
After a few hectic weeks of moving into the new office and getting our systems online, I am excited to announce that http://milnelaw.com is live! I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without the constant support of my friends, family, and colleagues in the Brampton area. The openness and generosity of the Brampton[…]