Hiring a Coach Can Reduce Legal Costs in Contentious Divorces

I am Chair of the Family Law Group at Mills & Mills LLP and practice exclusively in the area of family law, with a particular focus on cases involving domestic violence and spousal abuse. Every month I send out a newsletter full of helpful tips, advice and insights that will help you navigate through family law challenges.

Leanne’s Divorcing Well podcast: The male perspective

Divorce can bring out the worst in people, something Steve Kee knows all too well.

In the years after he and his wife separated, Steve, a successful communications executive, says he was consumed with anger and often aimed it directly at his ex.

I spoke to Steve on a recent episode of my Divorcing Well podcast about his experience of divorce, regrets, blended families and his advice for others going through it.

“You don’t need to have the last word. Sometimes it’s best to walk away. Silence can speak volumes,” he says.

Listen to the episode on Apple or Spotify.

Social media dos and don’ts during your divorce

When tempers are running high in divorce, it might feel good to take to social media and blast your soon-to-be ex, but it’s probably not the best idea.

More frequently these days we’re seeing social media posts, text messages and other forms of digital evidence being presented in family law proceedings. In some cases, they may be used to establish financial support obligations or determinations for parenting time.

In my new post, I look at a couple of recent court cases involving Facebook and Instagram posts and present my arguments for why a social detox may be the best course.

Read the blog here

The Dish on Divorce: Consider a coach in high-conflict divorce

The best way to get through a contentious divorce is to assemble a team that can support and guide you during the process. In addition to your family lawyer and financial advisor, a coach can be a valuable resource to help you navigate unchartered waters.

In a recent episode of The Dish on Divorce, accredited mediator Jennifer Barkin and I spoke to certified life coach Stacey Mendelson about her approach for working with clients involved in a high-conflict divorce.

Mendelson runs Lifeline Coaching, where she helps clients develop strategies for dealing with a toxic ex. Having been through her own acrimonious divorce, she empowers clients to shift their perspective and to neutralize the bombs being lobbed at them during the divorce process

Catch the replay here and drop us a comment on what you would like to see in upcoming episodes.

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.

Prenup, please!

Cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and prenups are sound financial planning for couples

Modern blend

How does a second family factor into the court’s decisions involving support?

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 Lawyer and Divorce Coach
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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