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.

Attorneys Wendy Rosen and Rebecca Day know that this need not be the case. Their practice, which focuses only on 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’s firm offers mediation, both prior to or after litigation has been initiated. A trained mediator seeks to reach an agreement prior to going to court. With both approaches, the stress of divorce is significantly less than 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. 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.

In addition to the three partners, the firm includes a range of associates to fit each client’s unique needs and circumstances.

Rebecca Day is one of these associates. She is a graduate of Villanova University, with a degree in political science/honors. She received her JD from Temple University and clerked for the Honorable Mary Catherine Cuff, J.A.D. (temporarily assigned to the NJ Supreme Court). She joined the firm following her clerkship in 2008. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC, 114 Titus Mill Road, Unit 200, Pennington (NEW LOCATION). 609-730-3850, www.urf-law.com.

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