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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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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COCD Method a Proven and Effective Model for Separation & Divorce

Research proves what the Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD) has known all along: the holistic and interdisciplinary out-of-court separation and divorce approach at COCD has a proven, positive impact on the well being of families served. The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System recently conducted an evaluation of the first two years of the program at COCD, an organization formerly known as the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families. (RCSDF). The evaluation specifically sought to determine…

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Milwaukee Family Mediation Center Shares Similar Mission With COCD

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce (COCD) provides a proven family-centered approach for couples with children who are seeking separation or divorce. We know that this approach can help families avoid a lengthy, expensive and conflicted court process and better support the long-term well being of families. The Family Mediation Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin offers a similar approach to families who want to end their partnership or marriage. According to a recent story by Fox6, Getting a divorce? Why one family…

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Colorado Public Radio Interview Sheds Light on the Benefits of an Out-Of-Court Divorce

Colorado Public Radio Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner recently interviewed Robert Hyatt, retired Denver District Court’s Chief Judge and The Center For Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD) volunteer and Dr. Megan Quinn, who recently finalized her divorce through COCD. Dr. Quinn shares her experience with COCD. She and her ex-husband have four kids and didn’t want to have fear, anger and vulnerability driving their divorce. She and her ex-husband both felt it was important to honor their family and each other in…

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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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