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  • What happens to my pension? Cottage? Business?
  • How am I going to get through this?
  • When will I stop feeling sad? Ashamed?
  • How will we split everything?
  • How will we tell the children?
  • What will everyone think?
  • What about the kids?
  • Does it have to be a big court battle?
  • Do we have to sell the house?
  • How am I going to pay the bills?
Mills & Mills L.L.P.
Credentials & Experience


Member of the LSUC, the Advocates Societ

Member of the Canadian Bar Association

Secretary of the Ontario Bar Association Family Law Section Executive

Collaborative Law Training Level I & II

York University, L.L.M. (Family Law), 2013

University of Toronto, J.D., 2002

University of Toronto, B.A., Political Science, 1998

Intensive Training in Written Advocacy and Trial Advocacy



The Collaborative Advtange

Julie Layne


Julie Layne practices exclusively in the area of family law as an associate at the law firm of Mills & Mills LLP.  She takes cases in Toronto and in the surrounding greater Toronto area. 

Julie began her legal career as an articling student to Madam Justice Sandra Simpson at the Federal Court of Canada.  She was called to the bar in Massachusetts and Ontario. After completing her articles, Julie obtained excellent training in civil litigation in her early practice years as an associate at prestiguous Boston and Toronto law firms, Tesla, Hurwitz & Thibeault and Torys LLP.

Early on in her career she decided that she wanted to switch her practice to family law.  She realized that she could marry her civil litigation skills with her desire to be working in a area where she would be able to help people and have a greater impact on their lives.  She began her family law practice at a boutique family law firm where she received family law advocacy training from one of Toronto's leading family law practitioners.  She then moved to Mills & Mills LLP as an associate in 2010. 

Julie’s practice today consists of assisting clients with all aspects of their family law matters from negotiations and mediations to arbitrations and court attendances.  Her focus is on trying to guide her client's through their family law matters in a practical, compassionate, and cost-effective manner. 

 Separation and divorce are some of the most difficult things that a person can go through.  Through the collaborative process the professionals help the parties arrive at a mutually agreeable resolution to their separation without having to go to court.  It puts the parties in control of the process, with the aim coming out of the break-up of the relationship with both parties maintaining dignity and respect.  I am thrilled to be a part of this new way of practicing family law.

— Julie Layne


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