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Founding Family Lawyer

Malerie Rose

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Malerie is the owner of Rose Family Law and its senior counsel. Throughout her career, Malerie has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. She provides clients with advice and advocacy in relation to such matters as separation agreements, marriage contracts, divorce, parenting, property division, child support, spousal support, and cohabitation agreements.

Malerie opened her own family law office in Mississauga in 2015, after years working in downtown Toronto at a high-profile family law boutique firm. Malerie has significant experience dealing with high conflict matters. She is compassionate and understands that family law issues require a special type of advocacy and representation due to their intensely personal nature. Malerie 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.

Malerie regularly appears at the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice and has advocated at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Malerie 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. Malerie has also appeared on the “Together with Gila Yefet” TV Show as a regular guest to discuss family law issues. Malerie is often called upon to mentor junior counsel.

Malerie attended the prestigious New York University BFA program and obtained her LL.B from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. She is currently in training to become a certified family law mediator.

Malerie presents approximately four “Family Law 101” Seminars each year at the Halton Women’s Centre.

Cassandra

Associate

Cassandra Bruni

She/Her

Cassandra is a passionate and dedicated advocate for her clients. She assists clients with separation agreements, high conflict parenting issues, property division, child support, spousal support, and child protection matters. As a panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, she represents children in family law proceedings. Representing children in family litigation has given her a greater appreciation on how separations impacts children. She also has experience negotiating grandparents’ rights. She is a pragmatic and resolution-focused advocate for her clients inside and outside of court.

Cassandra completed her Honors B.A. in History at York University. She obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016. Between her first and second year of law school she completed a summer law certificate at London School of Economics. Prior to joining Rose Family Law, she worked at boutique firms in Brantford and Burlington.

Cassandra sits on the Board for the Ontario Association Child Protection Lawyers. She is a member of the Halton County Law Association, Peel Law Association, and Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. She is a former Board member for the Brant Law Association.

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Law Clerk

Valencia Lewis

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After graduating with honours from the law clerk program at Herzing College, Valencia commenced her career as a law clerk at a boutique family law firm in Yorkville where she gained a great deal of substantive experience attending court and drafting documents for the principle lawyers. Valencia started with Rose Family Law at its inception in 2015 and remains an intrinsic and invaluable part of the firm. In addition to her professional experience, Valencia’s personality puts clients at ease. Her sharp intelligence and knowledge provide the client’s with confidence when she works with them on any aspect of their files. In addition to her substantive work, Valencia has assisted with the growth of the firm to date.

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Logistics Manager

Peter Ruiter

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Our Practice Areas

Divorce & Separation​

While obtaining a divorce can be straightforward, a court order is always required. Sometimes, people agree to issues like custody and support on their own and only apply to the court to obtain a divorce. Those cases, called uncontested divorces, take a relatively short amount of time and cost relatively little.

Custody & Access

Custody technically means the legal responsibility to make decisions for the child related to health, education and religion. Access is the right to be with the child at a given time. The basic issues that revolve around custody are: who will make the primary decisions relating to the child and who the child will live with.

Child Support

Common law spouses are often awarded less spousal support or are given support for a shorter duration than married spouses. The factors that affect entitlement to support and the amount of support are generally the same between married and common law spouses. Your lawyer will best be able to help you determine how much support you can claim.

Property Division

When a couple separates, the assets accumulated during the marriage must be classified as family assets, business assets or individual assets. Family assets must be divided equally between the two partners unless it would be unfair to do so. Often, people require legal representation to identify and divide the family assets, especially if the divorce is contested and or complex.

Marriage Contracts

Common law spouses can obtain the same rights as married spouses by preparing and executing a cohabitation agreement. A cohabitation or marriage agreement is a written document where the parties to the agreement can provide for division of property, support or any other matter upon death or the termination of the relationship.

Court Proceedings

Litigation is a traditional method of resolving Family Law disputes. It provides parties with a decision by a Family Court Judge about custody of children, access/time with and support for their children, spousal support for themselves and their property. Our litigation lawyers can commence a court application for you or defend you when you have been served with court documentation.

Mediation & Arbitration

When a couple separates, the assets accumulated during the marriage must be classified as family assets, business assets or individual assets. Family assets must be divided equally between the two partners unless it would be unfair to do so. Often, people require legal representation to identify and divide the family assets, especially if the divorce or separation is contested and or complex.

Separation Agreements

Common law spouses can obtain the exact same rights as married spouses by preparing and executing a cohabitation / marriage agreement. A cohabitation or marriage agreement is a written document where the parties to the agreement can provide for division of property, support or any other matter upon death or the termination of the relationship.

Spousal Support

Litigation is a traditional method of resolving Family Law disputes. It provides parties with a decision by a Family Court Judge about custody of children, access/time with and support for their children, spousal support for themselves and their property. Our litigation lawyers can commence a court application for you or defend you when you have been served with court documentation.

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What Our Client's Say

“Malerie is a great lawyer who truly cared about my divorce and my well being. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a divorce lawyer in Mississauga.”
Former Client
Mississauga
“Excellent lawyer. Very responsive to emails, evening during the evening and she was very tough, but fair during our proceedings.”
Former Client
Oakville
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