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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Understanding The Out-of-Court Divorce Model: Part Two

Understanding the Out-of-Court Divorce Model: Part Two

This is the second blog post in a two-part series. In the first Understanding the Out-of-Court Divorce Model post, Judge Larry Naves walks through the steps taken during a final orders hearing. Below, he explains the benefits of completing a final orders hearing outside of the courtroom. COCD: What makes final orders hearings at COCD different from a traditional courtroom? Judge Naves: At COCD, I make the same record and go through the same steps as I would in a…

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Understanding The Out-of-Court Divorce Model: Part One

Understanding the Out-of-Court Divorce Model: Part One

We often receive questions about how the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce's (COCD) “out-of-court” model works. We sat down with Judge Larry Naves, who performs our final orders hearings on a volunteer basis, to ask some questions and help families understand what the divorce process and outcome look like. This is the first blog post in a two-part series, as Judge Naves walks through the process, and benefits of completing a final orders hearing outside of the courtroom. COCD: First, what…

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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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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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