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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Divorce And Tax Considerations

Divorce and Tax Considerations

The 2016 tax deadline is nearly upon us. If you are just beginning the process of separation or divorce, a financial checklist might be helpful to you. If this is your first year filing taxes after or during your divorce or separation, this post outlines some things to consider.First, and most importantly, consult with an expert in the preparation of your taxes to ensure that you have addressed all the tax implications of the divorce. Taxes are complicated. Divorce and…

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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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Preparing For Divorce: Finances & Division of Assets

Embarking on a separation or divorce can be difficult and overwhelming for many reasons, and one area in particular that can cause stress is finances and the division of assets. Here is a checklist of things you should do first to prepare for divorce: [  ] Run a credit report. Know where your credit stands (this goes for both of you), but also gain access to a list of all open accounts and whose name or names are attached to…

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What We Offer: COCD’s Comprehensive Separation and Divorce Services

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce provides comprehensive support to separating and divorcing parents and their children. What this means is that we guide and support you and each member of your family through the complex emotional and relationship issues associated with divorce or separation as well as through every step of the legal process, from initially filing for divorce to the final hearing. COCD services are delivered by an expert team of licensed mental health clinicians and attorney mediators in…

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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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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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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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