A new center located at the University of Denver will help families through the legal and emotional challenges of separation and divorce. The Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF) will open in early September, offering a range of services at sliding-scale costs, including mediation, education, therapeutic services, legal drafting and assistance with financial planning.
According to the website for the RCSDF, in the United States:
40% – 50% of first-time U.S. marriages end in divorce;
53% of U.S. children are born outside of marriage; and
1 out of every 4 children lives in a divorced household.
However, the RCSDF points out that while the numbers are staggering, families are often successful after separation or divorce. Research clearly indicates that those children from separating and divorcing families who receive consistent emotional support and modeling of healthy conflict resolution skills demonstrate fewer behavioral and psychological issues and overall better adjustment.
The goal of the RCSDF is to foster healthy family reorganization and out-of-court dispute resolution. Families will be referred by the court system and community agencies. Services will be provided by teams of students from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the Sturm College of Law. Students will receive two weeks of intensive training by experts, and will be supervised by professionals in counseling and family law. For more information, visit the RCSDF website.