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 File For Divorce In Colorado

How to File for Divorce in Colorado

When divorcing or separating parents contact us, the first question we often receive is “How do I file?” or “Where do I start with the divorce process?” They often feel confused and overwhelmed. We help guide divorcing parents through the process, working in close partnership with the Colorado legal system to ensure that all requirements are met, and families receive the support they need. If you have questions about the steps, the terminology or the process, we are here to…

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What We Offer: COCD’s Comprehensive Separation and Divorce Services

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce provides comprehensive support to separating and divorcing parents and their children. What this means is that we guide and support you and each member of your family through the complex emotional and relationship issues associated with divorce or separation as well as through every step of the legal process, from initially filing for divorce to the final hearing. COCD services are delivered by an expert team of licensed mental health clinicians and attorney mediators in…

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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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Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado

October was conflict resolution month in Colorado, and as the month comes to a close we’d like to discuss how the out-of-court approach to divorce and separation assists with conflict management and produces more positive outcomes for parents and children. Why mediation? Mediation has been shown to be an effective way to resolve conflict as an alternative to litigation in divorce proceedings. Studies have found that parents who sought mediation were better able to co-parent, resolve conflict at home, and…

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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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Divorce Without a Lawyer

Divorcing without a lawyer is a path that many couples choose to take. In fact, according to IAALS, at least one of the parents in 80 to 90 percent of family law cases self represent, or go “pro se”. There are many reasons why couples may choose to divorce without a lawyer. It can be expensive, particularly at a time when families can least afford additional expenditures. The very act of hiring separate divorce attorneys might also feel adversarial, raising…

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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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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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