From One Parent To Another: When Divorce Isn’t All ‘Happily Ever After’

From One Parent to Another: When Divorce Isn’t All ‘Happily Ever After’

Sometimes the greatest advice you can get comes from someone who has already walked the road ahead of you. Below we’ve continued our blog post series “From One Parent to Another,” with another guest blog post from a divorced parent. When I was getting started I remember thinking that the divorce process is confusing and daunting, and I just wanted to make it as easy as possible. I bought books, read online, and asked others for tips, yet it was…

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Divorce During Times Of Change: How To Be Ready For Summer

Divorce During Times of Change: How to Be Ready for Summer

When school lets out for the summer, it can be a challenging time for any family as they settle into their new normal. If you are recently separated, and now have two households, this can be especially difficult to manage. The keys to a successful summer, a specific event or a holiday schedule are the three Cs: cooperation, compromise, and communication. "Studies show that shared custody situations work best when co-parents are cooperative, respectful, agree on shared custody, and manage…

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Introducing Your Spouse To COCD

Introducing Your Spouse To COCD

A third party mental health clinician offered these tips for introducing your spouse to the Center for Out of Court Divorce (COCD): Coming to an agreement with your partner about how to move forward with your divorce can be challenging for a multitude of reasons. It is often a time of high stress, full of conflict and poor communication. Deciding anything together might seem out of reach. We understand, more than you know. However, there are some tips that may…

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Roundup: Best Children’s Books About Divorce

Roundup: Best Children’s Books About Divorce

Divorce can be tough on a family and can be particularly difficult for the children involved. Sometimes kids don’t know how to communicate their feelings, and parents may struggle to support them while going through a difficult time themselves. Luckily there are a lot of resources out there to help families navigate the divorce process. Although the Center for Out of Court Divorce recommends seeking the support of a third-party expert to help your family through this difficult time, we’ve…

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How Do We Tell The Kids About The Divorce?

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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How To Be An Effective Co-parent

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

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

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

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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How To Approach Divorce When You And Your Partner Are Not On The Same Page

How to Approach Divorce When You and Your Partner Are Not on The Same Page

Are you considering filing for divorce, but your spouse or partner is uncertain that this is the right choice (or vice versa)? This scenario is not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, 30 percent of couples who seek therapy are “mixed-agenda” couples, meaning one is leaning out of the relationship while the other still wishes to save it, according to William J. Doherty Ph.D., professor in the family social science department at the University of Minnesota. What is…

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