COCD Ceasing Operations as of November 20, 2017

To COCD’s Clients, Supporters and Community, We regret to inform you that the Center for Out of Court Divorce (COCD) will cease operations effective November 20, 2017.  COCD has operated as an independent not-for-profit, community based organization for the last two years.  COCD replicated the service model of the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families, a pilot project initiated in collaboration with the Sturm College of Law, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, the Department of Psychology, the Graduate…

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From One Parent To Another: When Divorce Isn’t All ‘Happily Ever After’

From One Parent to Another: When Divorce Isn’t All ‘Happily Ever After’

Sometimes the greatest advice you can get comes from someone who has already walked the road ahead of you. Below we’ve continued our blog post series “From One Parent to Another,” with another guest blog post from a divorced parent. When I was getting started I remember thinking that the divorce process is confusing and daunting, and I just wanted to make it as easy as possible. I bought books, read online, and asked others for tips, yet it was…

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Divorce During Times Of Change: How To Be Ready For Summer

Divorce During Times of Change: How to Be Ready for Summer

When school lets out for the summer, it can be a challenging time for any family as they settle into their new normal. If you are recently separated, and now have two households, this can be especially difficult to manage. The keys to a successful summer, a specific event or a holiday schedule are the three Cs: cooperation, compromise, and communication. "Studies show that shared custody situations work best when co-parents are cooperative, respectful, agree on shared custody, and manage…

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Roundup: Best Children’s Books About Divorce

Roundup: Best Children’s Books About Divorce

Divorce can be tough on a family and can be particularly difficult for the children involved. Sometimes kids don’t know how to communicate their feelings, and parents may struggle to support them while going through a difficult time themselves. Luckily there are a lot of resources out there to help families navigate the divorce process. Although the Center for Out of Court Divorce recommends seeking the support of a third-party expert to help your family through this difficult time, we’ve…

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How To File For Divorce In Colorado

How to File for Divorce in Colorado

When divorcing or separating parents contact us, the first question we often receive is “How do I file?” or “Where do I start with the divorce process?” They often feel confused and overwhelmed. We help guide divorcing parents through the process, working in close partnership with the Colorado legal system to ensure that all requirements are met, and families receive the support they need. If you have questions about the steps, the terminology or the process, we are here to…

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From One Parent To Another: Tips For Navigating A Separation

From One Parent To Another: Tips For Navigating a Separation

Sometimes the greatest advice you can get comes from someone who has already walked the road ahead of you. That's why we're grateful to include this insightful guest blog post from a divorced parent. Elephants never forget - and neither does your family... And other wise thoughts I wish someone had told me during my separation. May 5, 2013. The day I asked my husband and the father of my two children to move out of our home. The youngest…

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COCD Recognized for its Service to Separating and Divorcing Families in Colorado

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce was recently recognized, together with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver, with Meritorious Recognition for The American Bar Association (ABA) Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services annually recognizes programs and projects that advance access to legal services for those of moderate incomes in ways that are exemplary and replicable. COCD and IAALS were recognized for…

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

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

This is the second blog post in a two-part series. In the first Understanding the Out-of-Court Divorce Model post, Judge Larry Naves walks through the steps taken during a final orders hearing. Below, he explains the benefits of completing a final orders hearing outside of the courtroom. COCD: What makes final orders hearings at COCD different from a traditional courtroom? Judge Naves: At COCD, I make the same record and go through the same steps as I would in a…

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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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Video: How We Help Families Facing Divorce

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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