Anger management: Tools and strategies for de-escalating intense co-parenting situations

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Leanne Townsend is the founding partner of Townsend Family Law. Each month, our team sends a newsletter full of helpful tips, advice and insights to help you navigate family law challenges.

Navigating co-parenting can be one of the most challenging aspects of separation or divorce.

When unresolved conflict, breakdowns in communication and differing parenting styles come into play, it creates a volatile environment for both parents and children.

On a recent episode of Leanne Townsend’s Divorcing Well podcast, family law lawyer Patricia Nelson shared valuable tips for de-escalating high-conflict parenting situations.

Nelson said parents must recognize that children can sense the tension. Unnecessary conflicts prolong legal cases and drain emotional resources, impacting the family’s financial well-being and emotional connection.

Leanne and Patricia also discussed the benefits of seeking support and guidance during divorce, through individual or family counselling or by enrolling in courses to learn effective strategies for co-parenting.

This episode is essential listening for anyone trying to co-parent with someone who has a high-conflict personality.

Listen on AppleSpotify or wherever you download your favourite podcasts.

Should I stay or should I go? The pros and cons of selling, keeping the family home in divorce

Deciding whether to keep or sell the matrimonial home after a split can be an emotionally charged process.

In one of our most popular blogs, Leanne  Townsend provides valuable tips on navigating this decision and offers insights on the pros and cons of each option.

Selling the home may be the best choice if neither party can afford to buy the other out, providing a fresh start for both individuals. However, keeping the home can have advantages, such as minimizing disruptions for children by maintaining their routines and surroundings.

When opting to keep the home and secure a mortgage, it is important to be aware of the financial institution’s requirements, including providing a separation agreement and disclosing child and spousal support payments.

Investing in harmony: The financial and emotional benefits of healthy co-parenting in grey divorce

Co-parenting after divorce presents challenges that vary significantly depending on whether young or grown children are involved.

While the needs of young children require active guidance and support, mature children benefit from witnessing a healthy post-divorce relationship as a valuable life lesson, according to a recent Psychology Today article.

In the article, psychologists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg say that establishing a positive co-parenting dynamic can bring peace, reduce emotional turmoil and preserve family unity during this major life transition, whether children are minors or grown adults.

“It’s about treating the other parent with respect, maintaining open lines of communication, showing consistency in decision-making and adapting to changes,” they write.

Highlights from Divorce Explained

Every week, Leanne Townsend co-hosts an Instagram Live show with family lawyer Steve Benmor, where they discuss issues on the minds of those who are divorced or divorcing. Here are the topics from a couple of recent shows. Click on the photo to check out the full episode.

Summer parenting schedules after separation, divorce

Navigating the division of children’s summer holiday time after a separation can pose challenges, but in this episode, we discuss the advantages of a consistent routine during this transition.

What do a trip to the ER and divorce have in common?

Just as patients go to the hospital emergency room for relief from physical pain, clients experiencing the breakup of a family rely on lawyers to guide them through the process, as we explain in this episode.

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Leanne Townsend, Family Lawyer

Partner, Brauti Thorning LLP
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Leanne Townsend is a multifaceted entrepreneur and attorney experienced in the areas of family law and domestic violence. She provides a full range of family law legal services in addition to running workshops and other programs to support people as they go through divorce.

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