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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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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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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Video: Navigating The Legal Transaction Of Divorce

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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Video: Former COCD Clients Share Their Story

Video: Former COCD Clients Share Their Story

Parents have a lot of factors to consider as they embark upon the process of separation or divorce, and every family's needs are unique. Explaining the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce's (COCD) model and how we can help families through the transition of separation and divorce is sometimes best explained by someone who has already been through the process. The former COCD clients featured in this video, J.P. and Megan, along with our clinical director, Denise Breinig-Glunz, and the Director of…

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Back To School: Co-Parenting Considerations

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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Improving Family Outcomes by Taking Divorce Out Of Court

As the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Wendy Paris, author of Splitopia, looks back on the progress we have made in recent years toward improving family outcomes by taking divorce out of court. In her recent guest blog post, Ten Years of IAALS: Taking Divorce Out of Court with Better Outcomes for Families, she notes the gap that fueled the need for launching a place like The Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce…

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The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce Celebrates Six Months of Serving Families

The Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce (The Center) originally launched as part of a pilot program at University of Denver (DU) known as the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF). The RCSDF program was based on a model recommended by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and aimed at providing child- and family-centered divorce and separation services. Even in its early stages, the RCSDF program received recognition for bringing holistic solutions to divorce and…

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