Should You Hold on to the Marital Home in Divorce or Let It Go?

I am Chair of the Family Law Group at Mills & Mills LLP and practise 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: Prenup lays the path for a healthy divorce

How can you make divorce a less stressful experience? Get a prenup! Marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements map out how couples will sort out their financial affairs if the relationship doesn’t work out. Having a blueprint for how you will deal with the money issues resulting from the breakdown of a marriage can save couples time, money and energy.

On a recent episode of my Divorcing Well podcast, I spoke with Stefani Quane, a family and divorce attorney based in Seattle, WA., about the role prenuptial agreements play in a holistic divorce and how they can help couples plan their economic futures.

Stefani and I also discussed the merits of getting legal advice before marriage to ensure both parties understand the legal implications of their decision.

Check out the episode on Apple or Spotify.

Is it better to hold on or let go of the marital home in divorce?

Divorce is tough enough without having to move your children from the only home they have ever known. 

Deciding whether to sell or keep the matrimonial home can be one of the most emotionally charged and financially challenging decisions divorcing spouses will make.

For the average couple, real estate is likely the largest joint asset, not to mention the emotional attachment that comes with it.

In my new post, I explore the pros and cons of various options for dealing with the matrimonial home in divorce, including one spouse buying out the other or selling the house and dividing the proceeds.

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Introducing Mia Asido, legal assistant

Mia Asido is a legal assistant in Mills & Mills LLP’s Family Law Group. She has more than five years of experience in family law, including work on child protection matters.

Mia’s fascination for the law developed from her interest in researching case law and past volunteer work. She is a family-oriented person and strives to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives.

When she isn’t drafting legal documents and working with clients, Mia is an avid traveller. She is also an aspiring paralegal, and she hopes to attend law school at some point in the future. 

If you would like to reach out to Mia, you can contact her here.

The Dish on Divorce: Dating tips for men after divorce

Getting your groove back after a divorce can be a nerve-wracking experience for men and women.

If you’ve been away from dating for a while, you’ll notice a lot has changed, starting with the fact that these days people often connect online through dating sites or apps. 

On a recent episode of The Dish on Divorce, family mediator Jennifer Barkin and I spoke with Darren Glickman, a dating coach who works mainly with men, about how he helps them get back into the dating scene post-divorce. 

Darren shares some great tips and tricks on how to create an effective dating profile and highlights some potential pitfalls of dating in the age of social media.

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.

Valuing business assets in divorce

What to expect if you’re divorcing and either you or your spouse owns a business.

Watch the episode

Parenting time with babies, young kids

What factors do courts consider when determining parenting time for infants and young children?

Watch the episode

Upcoming event: The Mindful Divorce

I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining a panel of esteemed divorce professionals at the upcoming The Mindful Divorce event on Sept. 18.

The seminar, hosted by CorrWealth Management, is designed for women at all stages of their divorce journey. Whether you’re considering divorce or you are starting, going through or finalizing your divorce, this event will help you make a smoother transition to your new life.

Our expert panel of legal, financial, real estate and mental health professionals will give you comprehensive strategies for a holistic divorce and help you:

  • understand the different aspects of divorce and how they affect your life
  • learn how to take care of your emotional and mental health during the process
  • gain the information, resources and support you need
  • connect with other women who are experiencing the same challenges.

The Mindful Divorce takes place on Sept. 18, 2021 from 2p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre in Oakville, Ont.

Please click the link below to learn more about this event and to access early bird registration pricing.

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.


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 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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