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 School of Social Work and the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver in 2013. Working in partnership with the courts, the goal of both entities has been the same—to foster healthy family reorganization and out-of-court dispute resolution in a one-stop, all-inclusive process which supports the entire family through the process of separation and divorce.
We have seen first-hand the significant benefits of the out-of-court model including reduced acrimony between the parties, an evident foundation for effective co-parenting and real commitment to the agreements crafted. Our observations are supported by the results of IAALS’ outcomes research which shows strong evidence that this model is highly effective in preventing and mitigating the potential adverse effects of divorce upon parents and their children.
That is the good news: the model works. The bad news is that we have not been able to figure out how to sustain it financially. The COCD board of directors has therefore decided to discontinue operations as changes and refinements are researched that could ensure fiscal stability for a next version of the out-of-court model.
All of us who have been involved in this effort are grateful for your interest and support, and we celebrate the progress we are all making together in developing new solutions for families. IAALS will continue to advance the model nationally and disseminate the research. Going forward look for information on their web site (http://iaals.du.edu) .