Divorce too often becomes a war, and the first casualty is the family. In what evolves into a battle over assets, the warring parties perceive the dissolution as a zero-sum game; someone wins and someone loses. But the truth is that everyone loses, both spouses and especially the children. Dissolving a marriage can become solely about revenge and revenge is costly, both emotionally and financially.

Attorney Wendy Rosen and her firm know that this need not be the case. Her practice, which is limited to family law, encourages collaborative divorce and mediation. Attorneys at Ulrichsen, Rosen and Freed are committed to solutions that address the needs of all family members. Respect is the hallmark of such a practice where problems are solved jointly and the integrity of the family is preserved.

The dynamic collaborative divorce process is anchored in the parties’ written pledge not to go to court. Support provided by neutral, outside professionals such as specifically trained divorce coaches, child specialists, and financial experts, participate in the efforts to reach a resolution satisfying to both sides. Open communication leads to increased control of the process. The team approach results in creative problem solving that concentrates on the future of all parties, rather than dwells on past pain.

In addition to the collaborative practice, Rosen and her partners offer mediation. This is a distinct approach that is part of litigation. A trained mediator seeks to reach an agreement prior to going to court. With both approaches, Attorney Rosen emphasizes that the stress of divorce is much less than during the traditional battle royal. The firm has a heightened sensitivity to alternative avenues of resolution in order to preserve as much respect and dignity for all the individuals, children included, as possible.

Should traditional litigation be necessary, Ulrichsen, Rosen and Freed has a long track record of success. They have won notable decisions in the areas of allocation of college tuition and expenses, enforcement of property settlement agreements, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, custody, and parenting time.

A graduate of Temple University, with a degree in education, Wendy Rosen achieved her JD from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden. Her family has a proud tradition in the law; her great uncle Morris William Kolander was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.

After clerking for a Superior Court judge, she began focusing her career on family law. Rosen is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After several years with larger firms, notably Fox Rothschild, Rosen and Derek Freed joined Barbara Ulrichsen to open their own office in 2006.

The practice has grown organically into its present emphasis on alternative dispute approaches to family law matters. The range of options that are now available give clients the latitude to reach solutions that work for them without anger and bitterness fueling conflict.

Ulrichsen, Rosen and Freed has grown to include three associates and several highly skilled paraprofessionals. The firm’s philosophy strongly supports the belief that family law matters should be amicably resolved, if at all possible. Havoc and financial ruin from a hotly contested litigation is not the only outcome. Family can survive.

Ulrichsen, Rosen and Freed, 23 Route 31 #20, Pennington. 609-730-3850, www.urf-law.com.

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