Strategies for Reducing Fees in Your Family Law Matter

MAY 2022

Each month, the Family Law Group at Mills & Mills LLP delivers a newsletter full of helpful tips, advice and insights to help people navigate through family and fertility legal challenges. The Family Law Group is comprised of Leanne Townsend, Chair, and includes associate lawyers Allie Cuperfain, Alyssa Warias, Alexandra Forsyth-Sells and Sadia Chowdhury, administrative assistants Mia Asido and Vicky Roy and law clerks Irina Kochkina and Clare Alcorn.

Leanne’s Divorcing Well podcast: Change your mindset, change your life?

Mindset matters — even in divorce. It’s easy to get caught up in negativity or bashing your former partner, especially if they behaved badly during the marriage.

But if you can adjust your attitude, it could pave the way for a better co-parenting dynamic and leave you open for a fulfilling relationship in the future.

On a recent episode of Divorcing Well, Leanne spoke with Juan Lee, an author and teacher of the powerful tool of introspection and the philosophy of love. He says divorce can be an opportunity to understand our role in the breakdown of the relationship and what needs to change so we don’t repeat the mistakes going forward.

“You can’t change another person, but you do have the ability to change your perspective of the other person. This will serve you well, especially if there are children involved,” he says.

You do not want to miss this very inspirational conversation.

Listen on Apple or Spotify.

Strategies for reducing fees in your family law matter

What’s the best way to keep legal fees under control in a family law matter? 

It’s a common question clients ask and fortunately, there are practical strategies you can leverage to keep legal costs under control.

One of the most common ways fees are incurred is during the process of financial disclosure, where the lawyer requests tax documents, pay stubs, bank statements and the like. If clients file incomplete or wrong information that requires the lawyer to follow up, it adds to the charges on their file.

It’s important to have an honest and direct conversation with your lawyer about legal fees, so they can come up with options tailored to your specific situation.

In one of our most popular blog posts, we share some simple ways that clients can work with their lawyers to reduce fees.

Read the blog

Welcome Sadia Chowdhury, Mills & Mills LLP associate lawyer

Mills & Mills LLP is thrilled to announce the addition of associate lawyer Sadia Chowdhury to the Family Law Group.

Sadia has been dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law in the Greater Toronto Area since the start of her legal career.

She has experience in all aspects of family law and is a creative and passionate family law practitioner who approaches her files in a holistic and settlement-focused manner.

Sadia has a strong interest in resolving client matters in a cost-conscious and expeditious fashion, and has advocated for clients at the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice, as well as in mediations and negotiations. 

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

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.

When a family court judge gets it wrong, should you appeal?

What are your options when you believe the judge made the wrong call in your family law case? In this episode, we discuss the appeal process and why it’s vital to seek legal counsel if you go down this path.

How mediation-arbitration works in family law matters

Going to court is sometimes necessary to resolve a divorce, but often there are better options for separating spouses. One alternative dispute resolution path is mediation-arbitration. Find out how it works in this episode

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 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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