Who is eligible for RCSDF Services?
The RCSDF provides services for separating and divorcing families with children who are in the beginning stages of the transition process. Interested families are invited to attend an introductory visit with the Center.
Please note that both parents must be willing to engage with the RCSDF in order to receive services.
How can the RCSDF help my Family?
The RCSDF provides legal dispute resolution, therapeutic, educational and financial planning services for separating and divorcing parents and their minor children. The Center can help you and your family plan for co-parenting after separation or divorce, resolve disputes about parenting time, and reach agreements regarding separation of assets and your child's financial future. Highly skilled graduate students provide services under the supervision of locally licensed professionals.
If you and your spouse utilize the Center's services to reach an agreement about the terms of your separation or divorce, RCSDF graduate students will inform and educate you about the legal paperwork required for your case. Parties who reach written agreements may choose to meet with the Center's visiting judge for review and approval of the agreement. You and your spouse may not even need to go to a courthouse.
The Center is also able to provide you, your partner or spouse, and your children with educational and support services related to separation or divorce. These services may include individual counseling, children's support groups, and communication, co-parenting courses, and financial planning education.
Are any families ineligible for RCSDF services?
All individuals interested in receiving services are encouraged to visit the RCSDF for an initial consultation. The RCSDF is able to provide services for a wide variety of families, including families with same-sex parents and never-married parents seeking co-parenting assistance.
Your family may be referred to another organization for assistance if you or your spouse or partner has:
- no interest in collaborating or cooperating with a service plan;
- an extensive history of mental health issues;
- a history of serious substance use;
- a history domestic violence or child abuse or neglect;
- a lengthy history of parental litigation; or
- any other circumstance which the Center's staff finds will make the provision of RCSDF services inappropriate for your family's needs.
** Please note that screening for any sign of domestic violence, severe mental health issues, or addiction will occur throughout the intake process. An alternate plan of action may be recommended for your family if any of these factors exists.