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Rosa Elfant Rickett

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fair Lawn, NJ

5.0   69 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2002
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SEASONED NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY WHO HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO ASSISTING FAMILIES FACING CHALLENGES, RANGING FROM SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION TO CHILD CUSTODY BATTLES AND COMPLEX ASSET DIVISION DURING DIVORCE.

The Elfant Rickett Law Firm, located in Bergen County, New Jersey, was founded by seasoned New Jersey family law attorney Rosa Elfant Rickett. With offices in Ridgewood, the Elfant Rickett Law Firm is dedicated entirely to divorce, special education, domestic violence, and other family law matters. Our skilled New Jersey family law team regularly assists clients with child custody, division of assets, alimony, and child support matters during and after the divorce process. We also serve on behalf of unmarried parents with child support enforcement and paternity issues, as well as those embroiled in restraining order proceedings. Additionally, a significant portion of our practice is concentrated on New Jersey Special Education Law, as we passionately advocate for children with special needs across the State. Whether your child requires a special school environment, or specific accommodations within their current school, we fight tirelessly to ensure that your child has access to the education they deserve.

Our firm’s founder, Rosa Elfant Rickett, graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and Psychology. She went on to study law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2001. During law school, Rosa worked for the Family Court in Manhattan, which ignited her passion for family law. She also worked under the Attorney General’s Office in New York, gaining valuable experience among the highest echelons of the legal system. After graduating from law school and becoming admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Rosa served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen J. Bernstein in Essex County. During this time, she accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the New Jersey court system, which she now employs to best serve her clients in their legal matters.

Rosa spent the next several years working for some of the most highly recognized law firms in New Jersey. At her first firm, she was able to concentrate entirely on family law, while at her second, she gained invaluable knowledge and experience working in special education law. Over five years ago, Rosa ventured into private practice, establishing the Elfant Rickett Law Firm, where she is able to dedicate herself to her passions for families and children with special needs in New Jersey. Over the course of her career, Rosa has handled a vast array of extremely challenging cases, including international child custody disputes, high profile divorces, and divorce matters involving the transgender population. She has extensive experience with matrimonial mediation but is also an aggressive advocate during divorce litigation, often being called a “pitbull” by former clients. Rosa has also tackled some of the most complex asset distribution issues during New Jersey divorce and she has particular experience with forensic accounting. Whether she is advocating for a children with special needs during education proceedings, facilitating a favorable marital settlement agreement, or going to battle during divorce litigation, Rosa puts her heart and soul into each and every client’s case.

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Posted by Michael | February 20, 2024
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Lawyer and friend
I was going through a divorce and was refered to Rosa Rickett. I quickly retained her after our first meeting. With the many topics that need to be covered, Rosa fights for your best interests in all of them. Rosa is extremely knowledgable, will ensure you have all of the information you need, and guide you through the entire process. She was always available whenever I had any questions or concerns; quick to respond by phone or e-mail. She was a friend throughout the entire divorce process and I would highly recommend Rosa.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2024
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Finally DIVORCED!
I hope everyone reads my review because I will explain everything you need to know about Rosa, especially all the husbands who may be under the impression that the wife gets “everything” and the husband gets “screwed” which I was under the assumption of prior to my story. If you are going through a tough time and have that thought process, look no further. I have been through hell and nothing about my story was “amicable”. It started with a BS arrest, multiple restraining orders, a DV trial attempt, constant police involvement, multiple judges and the list goes on. At the end- the truth always prevails and Rosa made sure of that. I went from a TRO and losing custody at one point, to getting it reversed and awarded more overnights 2 days later. At the end of the day, my 20 month process (because of the other sides nonsense) has finally come to an end. I was awarded 50/50 custody, I got my house back, and my alimony payments along with the length of it were all reduced and I couldn’t have been done that without Rosa. She is hands down the BEST around. So before you look into finding an attorney, do yourself a favor and look no further. It will get done! She will fight for her clients and I am forever grateful. Thank you Rosa and Lisette for getting my life with my kids back on track!!
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Posted by Jennifer | January 24, 2024
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Assertive and meticulous… simply the best!
When I hired Ms. Rickett I was months into a mutual restraining order case, with my ex boyfriend, and it had turned into complete chaos! I started off as a ‘pro se litigant’, meaning representing myself. When things got complicated I hired a lawyer who turned out to not only be insensitive, but incompetent and made more of a mess of my case. I terminated his services, and not knowing where to turn, I looked on Avvo and found Ms. Rickett. After reading her reviews, and then meeting her, I knew she was the perfect fit to work on my case. Ms. Rickett is extremely assertive, and was also empathic, knowledgeable, and meticulous when it came to outlining and working on my case. Upon hiring her, she immediately took control of the confusion and straightened everything out. She was the ‘voice’ that I needed in court. Not only did she get the other party to back down on their demands, she also, educated the judge on the background of the case! Ms. Rickett got the outcome that I wanted, and I am now moving on with my life. I am so thankful and grateful that I had her and Lisette on my team. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a compassionate but fiery lawyer who will get you results! Thank you for everything!
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Posted by Dmitry Okraynets | January 18, 2024
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Fantastic, thorough legal partner
I retained Rosa to assist me with an emancipation case. Rosa represented me thoroughly by filing applications in court on my behalf that were strong marrying the law to the facts of my case. I won my emancipation case which was the correct judicial outcome. I highly recommend Rosa and her office as they pay attention to every detail and advocated for me to a successful conclusion finally allowing me to move on with my life.
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Posted by Enmanuel Marmolejos | December 31, 2023
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Marmolejos divorce
Rosa was thorough and responsive throughout my divorce. It wasn't an easy situation, but it was made easier by her knowledge and understanding. Her paralegal Lisette compliments Rosa work ethic. Lisette was quick to respond and provide whatever assistance was needed during my divorce process. I would like to thank Rosa for her support and for guiding me through this process. Thanks once again for having a genuine interest in my divorce. I would not hesitate to highly recommend you to any friends and family members looking for an expirienced Attornery. You are the best lawyer I have ever hired. You are a simbol of integrity, honesty and responsability ,i considered my self blessed because you touched my life in the most painful piriod of my life ....I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGHT for everything you did for me...one of the greattest outcome of this processs is I GAIN A FRIEND FOR LIFE... YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST LAWYER IN THE FACE OF THE EARTH.......THANHS
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Posted by Kenneth | August 21, 2023
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I highly recommend Rosa Elfant Rickett for family matters
From my initial consultation through receiving a final judgment of divorce, Ms. Rickett was a great resource for me, an excellent advocate and extremely helpful in explaining all of the complex issues of divorce, parenting time, asset division and other matters. Through the entirety of the process, Ms. Rickett demontrated great patience and was highly knowledgeable about all relevent subjects. She aided me in identifying and hiring a private investigator, filing all the many dozens of statements and filings that were necessary. She was excellent at explaining the important issues of parenting and asset division and equally excellent at helping me set priorities and realistic expectations. She was outstanding in helping me set priorities and advocating for those priorities throughout the mediation process. As may be the cas e with many divorces, mine was highly emotionally charged and Ms. Rickett proved to be expert at lowering the temperature and driving to agreement on the important issues. I highly recommend Ms. Rickett for all matters related to divorce and parenting time.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2023
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Simply the Best
Rosa cares!!! She made me feel more than a client, rather more like family. She truly cared for what was important to me and went out of her way to fight for those things. She was always honest and transparent. She always told me what was reasonable and what was wishful thinking. She was always two steps ahead of the other lawyer and I always felt confident going into a meeting with our judge. She was prepared, knowledgeable, and always knew the right way to get what I wanted as a client. Five stars is not enough for what she did for me and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2023
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You want Rosa to go to bat for you.
My son and I were left in an emotionally and financially challenging situation. It could have been a devastating, stressful, desperate time, but, thanks to Rosa, it was not. I was able to focus on my son and usher him to a better life while Rosa went to bat for us. She IS NJ Family Court. Over the course of several years, she provided consistent legal expertise and commanded the court room when the time came. Rosa is also a caring attorney and has the foresight to know what a child will need in the years to come and plans for it. In essence, Rosa created the framework for the next years of my son’s and my life. I am sure I will appreciate even more what she has done for us in the years to come as I utilize different aspects of the settlement agreement she put into place. I’m finally starting to live my best life.
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Posted by michael | April 18, 2023
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Divorce
Hire this firm to handle my divorce. Needless to say, it has not been fun but Ms. Rickett kept me on point when the emotional side of this event would overwhelm and frustrate me. And it often does. She is efficient, tactful and always has a strategic plan to discuss with you. Ms Rickett will guide you legally and I liked that I was part of all decisions and next steps. Her trusted assistant, Lisette is always a key player in all activities and a major asset. I would recommend this firm to those who need Ms. Rickets' services
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Posted by Tamara | April 11, 2023
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Makes you feel like her only client.
I found Ms. Rosa Ricketts’s name on AVVO and was not disappointed. We had a consultation first and I was impressed with Ms. Ricketts’s ability to listen, outline in easy to understand terms the process and explain what to expect. In addition to being a stressful situation by nature, my case had to be handled in a different state, meeting with my attorney only virtually. Ms. Ricketts took my case and handled it to a successful resolution. She did it very professionally and was available, responsive, and supportive during the whole time. She wrote all documents and made sure everybody involved worked together without delays and hostility. She made sure I had a written explanation of each document I needed to sign and was there to answer my questions. I never felt rushed or my attorney being impatient. Ms. Ricketts made me feel like I was her only client. Her staff was very organized, diligent, and knowledgeable making it much easier for me.
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Posted by Lana | March 22, 2023
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It’s Finally Resolved ❤️
My divorce was extremely stressful and drawn out due to a difficult ex spouse. Rosa and Lisette went above and beyond professionally to keep the situation calm and use good judgment to help end what have could have been a bigger nightmare. I would recommend the Elfant Rickett Law Firm to anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Jose V | December 6, 2022
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Absolutely Worth the Investment!
I retained The Elfant Rickett Law Firm, to represent my interests in a highly contentious child emancipation matter. I recommend them 110% and am especially pleased to endorse Rosa Elfant Rickett- “my superhero” Rosa was exceptional in her legal knowledge, courtroom presence, appropriately setting my expectations and guiding me through what ultimately was a very protracted litigation. Do your due diligence when hiring any firm to represent your interests and choose the one that is best for you. I can honestly say that Rosa was worth every dime and was the very best for me. I highly recommend her. She went above and beyond to get the situation resolved for me. She took the extra time needed for my case. The professionalism, honesty, and vast experience made the verdict in my case OUTSTANDING! She exceeded my expectations and provided competent counsel that produced the results needed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2022
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The best in the business
Rosa and her team have helped me tremendously through some tough times. She will keep you calm, walk you through situations, and most important- she gets the job done. I strongly recommend Rosa for all matters!
Posted by Mila Rossetti | November 2, 2022
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She is the divorce attorney you were searching for!!!
Rosa and her assistant Lisette, are absolutely incredible. Rosa helped me secure a FRO against my husband and is also representing me in my divorce. Divorce is hard and messy, finding the right attorney who will put you at ease is half the battle. Rosa is very experienced, confident attorney, and knows exactly what she is doing. All of your questions will be answered, all of your issues will be promptly addressed. You will KNOW that she is fighting for you 110%. I truly can't recommend her enough. I will in fact drop her name every chance I will get because she deserves it. Don't hesitate, you need her on your side!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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Excellent lawyer, excellent representation!
Rosa is intelligent, quick-thinking, and tough. She is exactly the lawyer you want representing you. She helped me with a very stressful stalking situation. She was honest and upfront about our options to resolve the situation, and with her expertise I got the exact outcome I wanted! I feel like I can breathe easy now, thanks to Rosa. She is top notch all-around, and I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Jacki | June 22, 2022
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Highly recommended!
Rosa is extremely talented and a great lawyer. She has deep knowledge of the law, and was very motivated to do her best work on my case. Her writing and explanations are extremely clear, and I felt confidant that she always had my back. I highly recommend Rosa!
Posted by Stavros | May 15, 2022
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The best and only choice for me
Patient, understanding, caring, a true agent in helping me achieve my goals and empowering me to accomplish what I didn’t think I could do or was possible on my own. Throughout a turbulent year and half period, Ms. Rickett always made me feel a priority and did not back down from keeping me up to task during this process. From the beginning I was made to feel that this was a partnership and that whatever path we had to take to get the best deal possible would be done professionally and with the utmost tact. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am for having her represent me during this time.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2022
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Firearms
I have been going through a horrible divorce where I was cheated on, had my money stolen and gambled away behind my back and falsely accused of things. I had a TRO against me for nothing I did wrong. During that my firearms were taken away from me. They should have been returned to me after the TROs were dropped. Well my ex being the liar she is, told the prosecutors office that my firearms should not be returned to me as she feared for her life. Rosa took on the challenge of representing me and fighting for me to have my firearms returned. She was successful as we went to court to fight this. The prosecutor didn’t even have a leg to stand on. I am so grateful for Rosa and everything she has done for me.
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Posted by Cindy | January 31, 2022
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Happily Divorced
If you are going through a divorce/separation and need an attorney, I highly recommend Rosa Elfant Rickett. I cannot say enough about Rosa; her and her team were both there for me; guiding me through the process of my divorce and fought for me each step of the way. When I was ready to give up, Rosa brought me back on course and helped me through the tough times and reminded me often of the end game. Thank you Elfant Rickett Law Firm for everything you all did for me!!
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Posted by Nicole | October 27, 2021
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Thankful for Rosa
I came to Rosa after years of suffering verbal abuse from an ex-husband. Rosa always made me feel like my case was a priority and was an amazing advocate for me. She made me fully understand what my rights are and saw me all the way through this hard time in my life. I am thankful for Rosa and her team (Lisette). Highly Recommend!!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Elfant Rickett Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Stephen J. Bernstein Essex County
  • 2000 - 2001

Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Hofstra University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Associations

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • American Institute of Legal Professionals
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Litigator of the Year
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
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Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am a colleague of Rosa in the family law community, and endorse her as a zealous advocate."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've had the opportunity to work with Rosa on matters. She is an aggressive advocate for her clients. She does not back down from a fight. She is also very knowledgeable on this area of the law. There is no doubt that her clients will know that she has their back."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. She is a hard-working attorney, advocates zealously for her clients, and is knowledgeable about the law."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rosa is hard-nosed but practical attorney, and a consummate professional. I look forward to working opposite her again."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In the case I had with Rosa she was a consummate professional who was not afraid to cooperate with counsel in amicably resolving difficult issues in an expeditious manner. I look forward to working with Rosa again in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is a zealous advocate and truly fights for her clients rights. Rosa is aggressive and effective and is not afraid to take on those tough cases. I highly recommend retaining Rosa for any matters relating to divorce and family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. She is aggressive and passionate, well-versed, and experienced. She takes the time to ensure that her clients understand the divorce process and is there to address questions and concerns every step of the way. I have sent clients to her in the past - all of whom sing her praises - and will continue to do so. She is an absolute asset to the legal community!"
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rosa and I were opposing counsel on a very difficult case, which we were ultimately able to settle due to both of us being honest, ethical, realistic, cooperative, and professional with each other. Since that case, I have referred Rosa several clients that I was unable to represent due to client conflicts or scheduling issues. All of my referrals report back to me with nothing but positive reviews of Rosa and that she has exceeded even their own expectations. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney and I do not have any hesitation or reservations about referring more clients to her in the future."
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Fair Lawn Divorce and separation Lawyer Rosa Elfant Rickett
Rosa Elfant Rickett
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fair Lawn, NJ
Licensed for 21 years