University of Denver

Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families

On Campus, In the Community: IAALS Model Proves There is a Better Way to Divorce

Logan Cornett
We are pleased to announce the results of our evaluation of the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF)—the first manifestation of the IAALS Honoring Families Initiative ’s out-of-court model for separation and divorce . This non-adversarial model is designed to guide families through the process...

Resource Center Benefits Graduate Student Workers along with Their Divorcing Clients

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Since opening in September 2013, the University of Denver’s Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families has served as an invaluable resource not only for participating families, but also for the graduate students who have an opportunity to work within their field and gain experience. In January’s Family...

ABA Journal Highlights Successes of IAALS Out-of-Court Divorce Model

Natalie Anne Knowlton
In its effort to highlight the paradigm shift in how law is being practiced, the ABA Journal recently reported on the IAALS model for a less adversarial, out-of-court divorce process and the first implementation of this model at the University of Denver. While a comprehensive, three-year evaluation of the Resource...

One Year and 80 Families Later: Celebrating the Success of a New Model for Separation and Divorce

Melinda Taylor
One year ago, the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families opened its doors at the University of Denver to serve families in metro area. Based on an interdisciplinary out-of-court model developed by the Honoring Families Initiative , the RCSDF is operating at full-force today, helping numerous parents...

The Resource Center Interdisciplinary Team: A Dual JD/MSW Student Perspective

Deanna Barton
The Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families provides an amazing opportunity for graduate students to gain real world experience not only working with clients but working with other professionals. As a dual JD and MSW student, the Resource Center seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime, and was more...

The Resource Center Interdisciplinary Team: A Psy.D. Student Perspective

Chelsea Towler
As an interdisciplinary team, the students at the Resource Center provide services to families going through separation and divorce that they cannot get anywhere else. The comprehensive suite of services provided wouldn’t be possible for any one of us to offer singlehandedly. However, when we put our heads together,...

Professional Perspectives on the Resource Center and its Preliminary Impact for Families

Melinda Taylor
Recently, Natalie Knowlton and I provided an update to the Colorado legal community on the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families at the University of Denver—a model with national implications. The Resource Center was developed by the Honoring Families Initiative as an out-of-court alternative for...

Out-of-Court Divorce Processes Need Exposure; Court Processes Need Improvement

Natalie Anne Knowlton
A recent survey asked respondents for their opinions on both court and non-court proceedings for divorcing couples. Overall, only 51 percent of those surveyed indicated they would consider non-court alternatives and only one-fourth believed that non-court proceedings protect parties’ rights. These findings suggest a...