The Spring 2016 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine featured The Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce’s (COCD) original pilot program, Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF), and how it is redefining access to justice for families who are going through separation or divorce.
The RCSDF pilot program was launched in 2013 on the University of Denver campus as part of the Honoring Families Initiative (HFI) at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and launched as a stand-alone nonprofit, the COCD, in the fall of 2015.
Dispute Resolution Magazine notes that the “traditional model of individual representation ignores separating and divorcing parents’ crucial need for multidisciplinary services to facilitate reorganization of their families. It focuses on what divides parents in the short term rather than what can unite them over the long term.” With that in mind, the traditional model does have its time and place, including cases with:
- an extensive history of mental health issues,
- a history of serious substance abuse,
- a history of domestic violence or child abuse or neglect, and/or
- a lengthy history of parental litigation.
The Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce Provides Holistic Services & Support
For parents who do not need a courtroom and separate legal representation to safely and successfully navigate their separation or divorce, a more coordinated, interdisciplinary model combining a variety of services, such as financial planning and mental health support, can be a much better option. The COCD provides comprehensive separation and divorce services to support the entire family system through the process and beyond.
Families of all shapes and sizes, including same-sex parents and never married couples, are welcome at the COCD. Our purpose is to provide the necessary support to ease the financial and emotional challenges that come with separating or divorcing and support the long-term well-being of families. With a custom plan, we address the unique needs and circumstances of each individual family.
Take the first step by contacting COCD to get more information.