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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 Do We Tell the Kids About the Divorce?

When it comes to separation and divorce, there can be of areas of disagreement. But one thing divorcing parents share is a desire to do what’s best for their children and to help protect them from the potential negative impacts of the divorce. The trouble is, parents are often unsure of how to go about achieving this outcome. How do you communicate to your children that their parents have decided to not be together anymore? We understand that this is…

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How to be an effective co-parent

Co-parenting is a term that divorcing parents might hear a lot. One of the most common misconceptions we hear is that to be working together as co-parents, you have to like each other and/or agree on every aspect of parenting. This is not the case, nor is it realistic for many divorcing parents. But not seeing eye-to-eye on every aspect of parenting does not mean that divorcing or separating parents can’t be successful co-parents for their children. At COCD, we…

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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: 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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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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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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