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 the impact on the well being of those receiving services.
The data in the Out-of-Court and In Collaboration report showed that parents experienced significant improvement in the following areas:
- Lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression;
- Decreased acrimony between the parents;
- Increased shared decision-making skills;
- Better communication skills, especially with respect to less violent and more collaborative styles of communication;
- Increased confidence in the ability to co-parent;
- Decreased levels of parenting stress in terms of parental distress, dysfunction between parents and children, and difficulties with children; and
- More appropriate emotional expectations for their children
In a nutshell: the COCD model is a success! And given the known negative impacts of an adversarial separation or divorce, especially on children, these results are a welcomed confirmation that there is a better way to support families through an otherwise difficult transition.
Now armed with even more supporting data, COCD will continue providing holistic, interdisciplinary problem-solving separation and divorce services, including mediation, counseling, and financial planning, to families.
The Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce Provides Holistic Divorce Services & Support
At COCD, we welcome families of all shapes and sizes, including same-sex parents and never married couples. With a custom plan, COCD guides you through important financial and legal decisions, while providing co-parenting support and counseling to the whole family.