Recent Changes to the Law: The Divorce Act, Bill C-78

Recorded on March 29, 2021 - This webinar addresses the legislative changes to the Divorce Act Bill C-78:

This webinar will address:

  • New changes to The Best Interests of the Child legislation which have been added to the Divorce Act;
  • Specific reference to family violence as a factor in considering a Child’s Best Interests;
  • Details on how family violence is considered within the context of the newly revised Divorce Act;
  • New requirements for a parent to provide notice of an intended relocation with a child,  under the Divorce Act, with expanded analysis within The Best Interest rubric.

Please join us to discuss and learn about these recent changes to the Divorce Act, Bill C-78, including Q&A

This webinar is part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, co-presented by Estella Muyinda, Interim Legal Director, METRAC: Action on Violence and a guest presenter Malerie Rose, owner of Rose Family Law.

An archived recording of this webinar will be available, along with a PDF copy of presentation materials in the coming days.


About our Presenters

Malerie Rose

Ms. Rose is the owner of Rose Family Law.  Ms. Rose attended the prestigious New York University BFA Theatre program and obtained her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.  Ms. Rose was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006.

Since working as an articling student, Ms. Rose has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. Ms. Rose has significant experience dealing with high conflict matters which have domestic violence as a component.  She is compassionate and understands that family law issues require a special type of advocacy and representation due to their intensely personal nature.  Ms. Rose encourages and works with her clients toward settlement, but when settlement is not an option, she leads her clients through the court process with assurance and competence and is a fierce advocate for her clients.

Ms. Rose regularly appears at the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice.  Ms. Rose has been a speaker at the Ontario Bar Association continuing legal education programs and has authored various papers that have been presented at such programs.   Ms. Rose presents four “Family Law 101” Seminars each year at the Halton Women’s Centre.

Estella Muyinda

Estella Muyinda has an LL.B., LLM, Dip. LP and she is called to the Bar Societies of Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Manitoba.  Estella has practiced in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law. Her work experience also includes policy development on diversity, equity, equality, and human rights issues.  Estella is a mediator and facilitator, she has made presentations on human rights issues at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on several occasions, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and at many national and international conferences. She has been instrumental in starting projects that empower youth, women, disabled, Indigenous, and racialized communities.  Estella is currently the Interim Legal Director at METRAC: Action on Violence.