Is January Really the Most Popular Month to Divorce?

Leanne Townsend is the Chair of the Family Law Group at Mills & Mills LLP, which includes associate lawyers Allie Cuperfain, Alyssa Warias, Alexandra Forsyth-Sells and Sadia Chowdhury, administrative assistant Mia Asido and law clerks Irina Kochkina and Clare Alcorn. 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: Understanding emotional triggers

When you’re going through a divorce, emotional triggers are everywhere and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by them.

But if you can find a way to keep your emotions in check as you and your spouse work through your parenting and financial issues, you’ll be better equipped to make clear-headed decisions about your family’s future.

On a recent episode of Divorcing Well, I spoke with Melissa Johnston, an intuitive consultant and personal development coach, about how to use energy techniques — breath work, tapping, affirmations, meditation — to help regulate emotions.

Johnston says that by breaking destructive patterns, her clients are empowered to rewrite their divorce narrative from victim to warrior.

Listen on Apple or Spotify.

What to consider before scheduling a consultation with a family lawyer

Hiring a family lawyer can be an intimidating experience for several reasons, but it helps if you know what to expect.

In her new blog, family lawyer Alexandra Forsyth-Sells highlights 15 important points to consider if you’re seeking the assistance of a family law lawyer. 

January is a busy time for many law firms, so if you’re looking to book an initial consultation with a family law lawyer, be prepared to wait a while, she says.

Some family lawyers offer free consultations and others provide consultation at a discounted hourly rate, so if that’s a consideration, make sure to ask before booking your meeting.

“At your consultation, depending on the issues in your matter, you should expect to discuss your separation, decision-making in relation to children, parenting time, child support, spousal support and division of property,” Forsyth-Sells writes.

Read the blog

Do more couples really decide to call it quits in January?

January has long been known as “divorce month,” and there are several theories as to why family lawyers see a spike in calls when the new year arrives.

For some couples, it’s about pushing through one last holiday with their family intact before going their separate ways. Others, like one Vancouver family lawyer, say their decision was inspired by a desire to make a positive change in their lives with the dawning of a new year.

In a recent CBC report, Sonali Sharma says she made a “new year, new me” resolution six years ago and filed divorce papers on Jan. 6.

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.

COVID-19 conflicts: the parenting edition

The last two years have been a period of intense conflict for some separated and divorced parents with opposing views on COVID-19 protocols, in-person school and how best to keep their children safe in a global pandemic.

Protection from predatory marriage

Did you know that even if someone lacks the mental capacity to sign a will or power of attorney, they may still have the mental capacity at law to enter into a marriage? Everything you need to know about predatory marriages.

Serving clients during COVID-19

As we continue to navigate the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic,
the safety and well-being of clients is our 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.


Looking for more information on what to expect during a divorce, abusive relationships, love and money, life after divorce or other family law topics? 


Check out the In the News and Blog sections of my website where there’s a wealth of great content to get you up to speed on everything you need to know.

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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