Leanne Townsend

Leanne Townsend
Townsend Law
Sole Practitioner
Criminal, Family

Leanne Townsend, a sole practitioner operating Townsend Law in Toronto, focuses on family and criminal law and provides coaching services.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Toronto in 1990, before earning her Bachelor of Laws from Western University in 1993 and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto in 2011. Ms. Townsend was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.

A former assistant crown attorney with Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General, Ms. Townsend assists with divorce, separation, marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, and custody and access matters in her family law practice, while her criminal law services include bail hearings, trials, pretrials, and guilty pleas.

In addition, Ms. Townsend holds a certificate in professional coaching and provides such services as life coaching, divorce and relationship coaching, and wellness and women's coaching through customized or group programs and workshops.

Leanne Townsend In The News
Townsend to present at Toronto’s Elite Divorce Party

Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach  Leanne Townsend  will share her insights on how to reinvent yourself and move forward after divorce at Toronto’s ... Read more

Have the 'money talk' before living together, marrying

Couples shouldn’t wait until they’re living under the same roof to have a frank discussion about finances,  Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach ... Read more

Addressing root causes of intimate partner abuse

Ontario has come a long way in addressing domestic abuse, but with dozens of women still dying at the hands of their partners in this country every year, there is more work to be ... Read more

Dating following a divorce: what to expect

In the final instalment of a four-part series, Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend  offers tips on how to successfully navigate the ... Read more

Strategies for divorcing a narcissist

People who decide to initiate divorce proceedings from a narcissistic partner should prepare themselves, financially and emotionally, Toronto family lawyer and divorce ... Read more

Strategies for social networking after a marital split

In part three of a four-part series, Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend  discusses steps newly single people can take to rebuild their ... Read more

Embracing financial empowerment after divorce

In part two of a four-part series, Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend  explores strategies to help newly single people get a handle on ... Read more

Tips for rejoining the workforce following divorce

In part one of a four-part series, Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend provides tips and strategies for those looking to re-enter the workforce ... Read more

Coaching program helps people rebuild following divorce

With almost half of all marriages ending in divorce, Toronto family lawyer and life coach  Leanne Townsend  says there are many who struggle to cope with the emotional ... Read more

Marriage contract 'a must’ the second time around

Couples who cringe at the thought of a marriage contract because they believe it ruins the romance need to be realistic, especially if they’re entering a second marriage, ... Read more

Liberal government introduces measures to update Canada's family laws

OTTAWA — The federal government has introduced new legislation that aims to help families settle disputes outside court, emphasize the well-being of impacted children and ... Read more

Decision may signal new remedies for custody of family pets

The ethical treatment of animals has been an ongoing trend in modern society, but have we reached a point where courts are considering the best interests of the family pet in ... Read more

Victims' paid leave provisions lack clarity: Townsend

A new Ontario law that ensures victims of domestic or sexual violence have time off work for counselling, legal and relocation purposes is a step in the right direction, but ... Read more

Can you be single so long that you become undateable?

By Leanne Townsend A friend of mine gave me a piece of dating advice a few years ago.  She said, “You need to meet a man when he is newly separated because once he ... Read more

The legal ramifications of abusive relationships

Partners who exhibit signs of control — putting passwords on your phone and acting jealous without justification — could be a warning sign that you’re in an ... Read more

Lawyers must advocate for gender equality: Townsend

The momentum from the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns has resulted in an energetic movement of women joining forces to hold men who have abused their power accountable, Toronto ... Read more

Domestic violence and the police: a primer

When alcohol or high emotions lead to physical conflict in a marriage, all too often one partner will call the police and then live to sorely regret it, says Toronto criminal and ... Read more

Designing a roadmap for success after divorce

Divorce is one of life’s most stressful events, and people going through one often feel devastated, Toronto family lawyer and life coach Leanne Townsend tells Lawyer ... Read more

The problem is you found her, but you kept looking

By Leanne Townsend I recently posted a meme with the title of this blog on my social media and was very surprised at the response, mostly from men, who seemed to take ... Read more

Good vibes only — that’s ridiculous!

By Leanne Townsend All too often in social media and other places I see people posting about how they want “good vibes only” and how they have a “no ... Read more

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