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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: 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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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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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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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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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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