This week is our two year anniversary and I am so grateful to all of you for letting us work with you and your children over the past two years. I have some exciting news! As you know, the RCSDF is a demonstration project that has been formally researched and evaluated to assess how the out-of-court model for separation and divorce works in comparison to the traditional court process. The outcomes of the first two years are so positive that we are now operating in a community setting.
On September 2, 2015, the Center for Out-of-Court Divorce/Denver will formally open its doors. Families will continue to receive high quality and affordable legal education, dispute resolution, therapeutic, and financial education services in a professional setting. The new COCD will be an independent non-profit located at 4201 E. Yale (near University Hills).
We will continue to offer externship placements to University students, but our servces will primarily be provided by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and the new Center will be entirely separate from the University of Denver. This move will allow us to serve more families and to refine a process that can hopefully be duplicated in other communities as well.
We will continue to provide a reduced fee to a portion of families who cannot afford the COCD rates. However, the COCD packages services for families somewhat differently and the new pricing reflects a model that will allow the COCD to serve a larger number of families (at every income level), while still remaining significantly below rates for other, similar services.
Families who entered the process via the RCSDF will continue to receive services at the new location.
The formal research process will continue at the Center for Out-of-Court Divorce in Denver and will allow us to measure process and outcomes for families who use our services. Our objective remains to create a process that fosters strength, resilience and the long-term health of COCD families.
It has been a pleasure and an honor for me to implement and oversee RCSDF at the University of Denver. The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce in Denver will have a new Executive Director, Sue Carparelli. I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with Sue and her staff as a consultant to COCD. I will also use my experience serving you at the RCSDF to help other communities across the nation who are committed to reform through implementing their own centers.
If you would like more information about COCD, please call 720-608-3052 or email@example.com. If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new website for COCD will be up later this fall!