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Back to School: Co-Parenting Considerations

The back-to-school transition can be challenging for any child, and the addition of family changes, such as separation or divorce, can make this time even more stressful. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help your children have a smooth and successful transition into the school year. Share information with your child(ren)’s teachers. Give the teacher a heads up about the separation or divorce so that they can provide support to your child as needed.Sharing this information…

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Common Myths and Misconceptions about the Center for Out-of-Court Divorce

People come to the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD) with a lot of questions and concerns and that’s OK. In fact, we encourage it! The process of separation and divorce can be confusing and intimidating, and there is a lot of misinformation out there. Here are the facts relating to some of the common myths and misconceptions we’ve been hearing: MYTH #1: COCD is a friendly center for friendly divorce, meaning my partner and I have to get along and agree on…

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COCD Method a Proven and Effective Model for Separation & Divorce

Research proves what the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD) has known all along: the holistic and interdisciplinary out-of-court separation and divorce approach at COCD has a proven, positive impact on the well being of families served. The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System recently conducted an evaluation of the first two years of the program at COCD, an organization formerly known as the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families. (RCSDF). The evaluation specifically sought to determine…

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Out-Of-Court Separation and Divorce Services Featured in Dispute Resolution Magazine

The Spring 2016 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine featured The Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce’s (COCD) original pilot program, Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF), and how it is redefining access to justice for families who are going through separation or divorce. The RCSDF pilot program was launched in 2013 on the University of Denver campus as part of the Honoring Families Initiative (HFI) at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and launched as…

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50 Percent Divorce Rate Myth Holds Strong Despite Decline

We’ve all heard the widely known divorce rate statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Although it had its merits back in the 1970s and early 1980s, recent data shows that this old adage is simply not true anymore. It appears as though the rapid rise in divorce rates in the 1970s and 1980s was a bit of an anomaly. According to an economist, Justin Wolfers, at the University of Michigan, if the current trends continue, nearly two…

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Milwaukee Family Mediation Center Shares Similar Mission With COCD

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce (COCD) provides a proven family-centered approach for couples with children who are seeking separation or divorce. We know that this approach can help families avoid a lengthy, expensive and conflicted court process and better support the long-term well being of families. The Family Mediation Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin offers a similar approach to families who want to end their partnership or marriage. According to a recent story by Fox6, Getting a divorce? Why one family…

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Talking to Your Kids About Joining a Support Group

Most people would agree that support groups for adults and children who are dealing with the stress and crisis of separation and divorce is a good thing. The benefits are well known, including: Providing a sounding board Helping to put our own problems in perspective Providing us with a diversity of ideas for problem solving Holding us accountable in accomplishing our goals Providing education and teaching coping strategies related to our stressors Fundamentally reminding us that we are not alone…

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Colorado Public Radio Interview Sheds Light on the Benefits of an Out-Of-Court Divorce

Colorado Public Radio Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner recently interviewed Robert Hyatt, retired Denver District Court’s Chief Judge and The Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD) volunteer and Dr. Megan Quinn, who recently finalized her divorce through COCD. Dr. Quinn shares her experience with COCD. She and her ex-husband have four kids and didn’t want to have fear, anger and vulnerability driving their divorce. She and her ex-husband both felt it was important to honor their family and each other in…

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The Center For Out-Of-Court-Divorce Team Attends Splitopia Book Signing

The Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD) team was thrilled to join Wendy Paris, author of Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well, at the Tattered Cover on Tuesday, April 5, for a book signing. As a former print and electronic journalist covering relationships, culture, dating and marriage, Paris is passionate about helping families make healthy, positive choices throughout the course of a divorce – and beyond. During the event, Paris read excerpts of her new book and discussed…

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Improving Family Outcomes by Taking Divorce Out Of Court

As the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Wendy Paris, author of Splitopia, looks back on the progress we have made in recent years toward improving family outcomes by taking divorce out of court. In her recent guest blog post, Ten Years of IAALS: Taking Divorce Out of Court with Better Outcomes for Families, she notes the gap that fueled the need for launching a place like The Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce…

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