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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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