Can You Get Custody of Fido in Divorce?

Leanne Townsend is the Chair of the Family Law Group at Mills & Mills LLP, which includes associate lawyers Allie Cuperfain and Alyssa Warias, administrative assistant Mia Asido and law clerk Fiona Ly. Each month our group sends out a newsletter full of helpful tips, advice and insights to help you navigate through family/fertility legal challenges.

Leanne’s Divorcing Well podcast: Tips for co-parenting a child with behavioural issues

Co-parenting after divorce can be particularly challenging for parents of a child who has behaviour issues.

While it’s not uncommon for children to act out when parents separate, co-parents who don’t get along well frequently disagree over the best way to address the behaviour, creating even more tension in an already strained relationship.

On a recent episode of Divorcing Well, I spoke with Kimball Lewis of Empowering Parents. He says there are tools and techniques to help even the most contentious co-parents navigate this challenging situation.

Step one is for parents to acknowledge they have a common goal: their child’s well-being). Step two is to accept that you have no control over what happens when your child is at their other parent’s house and vice versa.

If you and your ex are in conflict over how to parent your child, make sure you tune in to this episode for Kimball’s advice.

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Fighting over Fido: How family courts deal with pets of divorce

Separating spouses are increasingly turning to family courts to settle disputes about their pets. 

While dogs, cats and other animals are commonly seen as integral members of their families, Canadian law defines and treats them as property. That means that when a judge is asked to decide Fido’s future, they do so by determining ownership of the animal.

In a recent post, family law lawyer Alyssa Warias details the two main approaches that have emerged in Canadian courts when determining ownership of pets and shares important insights from some recent cases.

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Divorce is difficult enough for adults to navigate and it can be even harder for children who feel like their world is falling apart. Divorce can be all-consuming but there are ways parents can prioritize their children to ensure they feel safe and loved despite the changing family dyna

Highlights from Instagram Live

Every week, I co-host an Instagram Live show with family lawyer Steve Benmor, where we discuss issues on the minds of divorced or divorcing spouses. Here are the topics from a couple of recent shows. Click on the link to check out the full episode.

How to choose — and when to change — your family lawyer

Choosing a family lawyer is an important decision for people facing separation and divorce. So, what happens if you feel your lawyer is not adequately serving your interests? Check out this IG Live for tips on finding the right lawyer and what we’ve learned from clients with whom we have parted ways

Jewish religious divorce: Getting a get

In Judaism, a marriage is terminated through a divorce ceremony where the husband gives his wife a document of divorce known as a get. On this IG Live, we explore the differences between religious and civil divorce, including what happens when a Jewish husband refuses to grant his wife a get.

Serving clients during COVID-19

As we navigate the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic,
the safety and well-being of clients is my top priority. Social distancing is vital right now to prevent the spread of the virus so I will continue to work with clients through virtual meetings. If you have any questions or concerns about your family law matter or would like to schedule a meeting, please reach out to me by email.


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Leanne Townsend, Family Lawyer

Partner, Brauti Thorning LLP
Brookfield Place161 Bay Street,
Suite 2900,
Toronto, ON M5J 2S1

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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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