Member Profile – The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce

When considering ways in which personal and family issues impact the attendance, performance and productivity of employees, discord within the marriage or partnership, separation, and divorce rank high.

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce (COCD) is a Denver-based nonprofit helping to reexamine the way our society unwinds marriages and addresses child-custody issues. When processes are improved—such that they cost less money, take less time, and are less adversarial and inflamed—not only will individuals and families benefit, but so will their employers.

COCD offers an interdisciplinary, family-centric approach for parents seeking separation and divorce. COCD offers a place where the family is encouraged to work together for the benefit of the children; a place where the family can receive the therapy, legal education, and financial counseling that they need, individually and in groups; and a place where they can work out disputes amicably and pave the way for long-term health of the family.

COCD provides:

  • Legal education
  • Mediation
  • Mental health counseling
  • Parenting support
  • Financial education

COCD’s model works in partnership with the legal system to address the comprehensive needs of families, and specifically the children of those families, in a onestop, all-inclusive process. Evaluation of this model shows that it is highly effective in preventing and mitigating the adverse effects of this life event on parents and their children.

Separation and divorce are a reality for millions of Americans—one in five children lives through the dissolution of his or her parents’ marriage or partnership (source: childtrends.org). And divorce does not just impact individuals and their children—it also impacts the work productivity of the individuals involved. A new process is needed to address this need, and COCD offers a proven solution. For more information: centerforoutofcourtdivorce.org.