All Posts by Leanne Townsend

1 False Allegations: When your Ex Lies in Court

False Allegations: When your Ex Lies in Court

Stop me if you?ve heard this one: divorce is often messy and can bring out the negative traits in people. Couples frequently disagree on issues like custody, parenting schedules and what to do with the matrimonial home, among other issues.

In my practice, I see the divorce process frequently transform otherwise reasonable people into the worst versions of themselves. They?re hurt, angry, unwilling to compromise and are intent on making their former partner pay for causing such a drastic change in their lives.

False Allegations: When your Ex Lies in Court
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Tips to Help Self-represented Litigants in Family Law

Tips to Help Self-represented Litigants in Family Law

Everyone deserves access to justice, whether they have the means to hire a lawyer or not. It?s an increasingly important issue in family law, where the growing number of self-represented litigants (SRLs) is a clear indicator that the legal system is not working as it should.

In this column, I?ll unpack the reasons behind the surge of people opting to represent themselves and offer some tips and guidance on how to be successful if you choose that route.

Tips to Help Self-represented Litigants in Family Law
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A COVID-10 Vaccine Will Bring its Own Problems

A COVID-10 Vaccine Will Bring its Own Problems

If you think a vaccine for COVID-19 will alleviate all the problems the virus is causing, think again.

As I recently discussed, many parents are having disagreements about whether it is safe to send their kids back to school. As the number of cases in schools continues to climb ? there were 342 cases in Ontario schools on the day I wrote this column ? the possibility of a second lockdown keeps growing.

But a vaccine will fix everything, right? Sadly no.

A COVID-10 Vaccine Will Bring its Own Problems
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The Risks of High-Conflict Divorce

The Risks of High-Conflict Divorce

Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person will ever experience. It impacts the most critical aspect of life: your children, where you live, your financial health and your sense of security in the world.

It?s been widely reported that the stress associated with a marital breakup can have a negative impact on your physical health and mental well-being. A new study from the University of British Columbia, suggests that divorce also poses an increased risk of death.

The Risks of High-Conflict Divorce
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As COVID Ebbs, Our Courts Slowly Reopen

As COVID Ebbs, Our Courts Slowly Reopen

It seems ambitious but the Ministry of the Attorney General plans to reopen a limited number of courthouses on July 6.

I?m not sure if that will happen since I can?t even see a hairdresser in Toronto right now. Still, I realize everyone wants to see our judicial system operating again, so let?s have faith that things will work out.

As COVID Ebbs, Our Courts Slowly Reopen
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2 Financial Effects of COVID-19 for Separated, Divorced Couples

Financial Effects of COVID-19 for Separated, Divorced Couples

Many separated and divorced couples are dealing with a compounded level of stress due to the lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With countless businesses closed or forced to curtail activity, people across the country are facing reduced hours, job loss, and struggling to meet their financial obligations, including child support payments. In the past month, nearly six million Canadians have applied for COVID-19 emergency benefits, and that number is expected to increase in the weeks ahead.

Financial Effects of COVID-19 for Separated, Divorced Couples
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