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Understanding The Out-of-Court Divorce Model: Part One

Understanding the Out-of-Court Divorce Model: Part One

We often receive questions about how the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce's (COCD) “out-of-court” model works. We sat down with Judge Larry Naves, who performs our final orders hearings on a volunteer basis, to ask some questions and help families understand what the divorce process and outcome look like. This is the first blog post in a two-part series, as Judge Naves walks through the process, and benefits of completing a final orders hearing outside of the courtroom. COCD: First, what…

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Divorce and the Holidays: How to Cope

In our first post of this series, we made recommendations for planning and preparing for the holiday season after divorce. In this installment, we’ve offered some tips to help you come out of the holiday season with new traditions and happy memories. Create new rituals. If your children are little, it can help to make a calendar filled with upcoming holiday plans with each parent. Developing new rituals will build excitement and keep everyone focused on the positive. Listen to…

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Divorce and the Holidays: How to Prepare

The holiday season is upon us, and if you are experiencing or considering separation or divorce, we know that it can be a difficult and stressful time of year. The first and most important thing you can do is be kind to yourself and recognize that separation and divorce during the holidays is hard. Tips For Co-Parenting After Divorce this Holiday Season These tips are aimed at reducing the stress of co-parenting through the holidays and helping you be intentional…

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Video: How We Help Families Facing Divorce

At the Center for Out-of-Court Divorce (COCD), we address the needs of the entire family with comprehensive separation and divorce services, all taking place outside of the courtroom and under one roof. In this video, we explain our process and how we help families facing separation and divorce.  

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Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado

October was conflict resolution month in Colorado, and as the month comes to a close we’d like to discuss how the out-of-court approach to divorce and separation assists with conflict management and produces more positive outcomes for parents and children. Why mediation? Mediation has been shown to be an effective way to resolve conflict as an alternative to litigation in divorce proceedings. Studies have found that parents who sought mediation were better able to co-parent, resolve conflict at home, and…

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How to Approach Divorce When You and Your Partner Are Not on The Same Page

Are you considering filing for divorce, but your spouse or partner is uncertain that this is the right choice (or vice versa)? This scenario is not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, 30 percent of couples who seek therapy are “mixed-agenda” couples, meaning one is leaning out of the relationship while the other still wishes to save it, according to William J. Doherty Ph.D., professor in the family social science department at the University of Minnesota. What is…

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Video: Navigating the Legal Transaction of Divorce

At The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce (COCD), we offer separating and divorcing families comprehensive services, all under one roof. What does that mean exactly? In this video, our attorney-mediator Ellen Squires discusses how she helps parents navigate the legal process of divorce and financial components of the dissolution process. COCD helps parents understand what they will need to do for each step of the dissolution process, and helps them keep track of deadlines along the way. During the financial mediation…

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Video: Former COCD Clients Share Their Story

Parents have a lot of factors to consider as they embark upon the process of separation or divorce, and every family's needs are unique. Explaining the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce's (COCD) model and how we can help families through the transition of separation and divorce is sometimes best explained by someone who has already been through the process. The former COCD clients featured in this video, J.P. and Megan, along with our clinical director, Denise Breinig-Glunz, and the Director of…

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Actress Mayim Bialik Shares Her Story of Divorce

Actress Mayim Bialik candidly shared her experience with divorce and co-parenting. We commend her for not only sharing a very personal story, but for her commitment to the needs of her children throughout the divorce process and beyond. Hopefully, others find her situation helpful in understanding the challenges divorcing parents face, and the benefits of a child-focused approach. https://youtu.be/eW__B3YCp78

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Divorce Without a Lawyer

Divorcing without a lawyer is a path that many couples choose to take. In fact, according to IAALS, at least one of the parents in 80 to 90 percent of family law cases self represent, or go “pro se”. There are many reasons why couples may choose to divorce without a lawyer. It can be expensive, particularly at a time when families can least afford additional expenditures. The very act of hiring separate divorce attorneys might also feel adversarial, raising…

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