October 2022
SNIPPETS is a mini-newsletter designed to bring COAFCC members streamlined, timely information and support.
Plan to join us IN PERSON at the University of Denver
enjoy the entire conference live, via Zoom 
(from the comfort of your own home). 

Cultural Sensitivity, Humility, and Competence
OCTOBER 28-29, 2022

Either way, this is one not to be missed!

Registration closes FRIDAY - OCTOBER 21st!
Don't miss out!

Monica Colvig

COAFCC Secretary
Questions posed by Katie Hays
What is your “Why”?  
My kiddos, all day long, every day.  My “why” is that my kids are happy, thriving, and self-sufficient.  They know that they are worthy and fiercely loved every day.  

How would your family and friends describe you?  
Protective, super loving, and funny.   

What are the best and worst things about living in Durango?
Durango is a beautiful place, with lots to do and lots of great people.  The worst things about it are the traffic and congestion – there is unmitigated growth. 
Why are you involved in COAFCC?
The first conference I attended was fantastic.  It was well-organized and the group was so hospitable, from the board to the participants.  I was so excited about this resource. Then….my boss lady volun-told me to get on the board the following year. I’m glad I did! 

What is the most important advice you give clients with children?
I ask them to think about their choices and actions and the impact on their children, both long-term and short-term.   I remind them that the children will be OK after the divorce if the parents treat each other with dignity and respect and that on the other hand, the carnage of high conflict fighting and litigation has lasting toxic consequences that fall on both parents’ shoulders.  


By Ezra Hurwitz,JD
Over the summer, the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel (OARC) put out guidance on the Supreme Court’s Licensed Legal Paraprofessional (LLP) proposal. 
The idea behind the LLP proposal is to address the lack of legal representation in domestic relations cases in Colorado.  The current thought is to allow paraprofessionals who meet educational and experiential requirements to become licensed for this limited practice of law by taking and passing designated family law and ethics exams and clearing character and fitness requirements.  The scope of practice would include marital dissolution and allocation of parental responsibility cases when the client meets certain income or asset criteria associated with less complicated matters. 
LLP programs have been adopted in the Arizona, Utah, and Washington--OARC is using the programs in these states as guides for the possible implementation of an LLP program in Colorado.
Click HERE for more information about the proposal.
Click HERE for more information about public comments (scroll down to Notice of Request for Comments – PALS implementation report and plan).
On November 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing on the LLP program.  If you would like to request to speak at the public hearing, please submit your request to:

All speaking requests must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 10, 2022.
Allostatic Load
Managing the Wear and Tear on the Body

Tiah Terranova, Psy.D., LP
Anxiety is omnipresent in life. There is no escaping this fact. Stress is everywhere and the majority of life is outside of your control, but you do have control over your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and reactions to impact of the human condition one moment at a time. For those who are in the practice of serving others, it is paramount to make efforts to remain physically and mentally healthy in order continue to serve others and care for yourself without harming yourself in the process.

Allostatic load is a term referring to the cumulative toll that chronic stress and life events take on the body. When this load is too high our bodies become unable to cope.  Allostatic overload can occur, resulting in increased occurrences of anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal difficulties, inflammation and muscle tension, sleep disturbance, diabetes, headaches, hair loss, and acne, just to name a few. This is not for the faint of heart. If you keep pushing through and ignoring all your body’s alarms you will likely continue to deteriorate, resulting in decreased quality and length of life.

In order to continue the meaningful and difficult work many of you do and simply to care for yourself on this journey through life, here are a few suggestions that may aid in lessening the allostatic load.  These  are simple additions to incorporate into your busy days:
  • Avoid eating when you are stressed, as the body does not digest food when the stress response is activated. Try to eat when you are in a relaxed state. Taking a few deep breaths prior to eating can help activate the relaxation response in the body.
Family Law Roles Spotlight
Court-Ordered Interventions in Difficult Cases When Parenting Deficits Come into Play

Jane Irvine MA LPC NCC
Barbara Shindell LCSW

There are many types of difficult cases that come before the Domestic Relations courts in divorce/separation and post-decree hearings. The most sensitive are cases where parental behaviors put children at risk or are harm children and/or the parent-child relationship. The harm, in the present or in the past, has so damaged the parent/child relationship that there needs to be a process for healing and growth.  Judges are in the position of needing to order interventions to repair these relationships, and at the same time protect children as well as respect a parent’s constitutional right to parent their child.

Risk or damage in these cases can be anything from emotional harm, psychological damage, physical risk from abuse and collateral damage from, for instance, drug or alcohol abuse, exposure to and witnessing intense parental conflict, to putting children into loyalty binds, where they cannot love both parents.

Judges have the ability to use Child and Family Investigators, Parental Responsibility Evaluators, and educational experts to understand the dynamics in each family, but when the final decisions have to be made, the court has to order interventions that may include treatment interventions and parenting time in a multiplicity of patterns.

COAFCC Webinars and
Local Dinner Events
November 15, 2022
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Do's and Don'ts of DORA
January 17, 2023

Why Didn't You Include it in the Parenting Plan?
February 21, 2023
NoCo Dinner - Ptarmigan Country Club
Hybrid Option

The New AFCC Guidelines for Parenting Plan Evaluations
May 2, 2023
NoCo Dinner - Ptarmigan Country Club
Hybrid Option

A View from the Bench | Judicial Panel
May 16, 2023
SoCo Dinner - Location TBD
Hybrid Option

A View from the Bench | Judicial Panel

Missed One?!?

We are excited to announce that you can now purchase previously recorded webinars and conferences directly from our website. 

HERE to see what we have available!

Upcoming AFCC Events
15th Symposium on Child Custody
From a Full House to Parenting Apart

November 10-12, 2022
Las Vegas, NV

AFCC 60th Anniversary Conference

May 31 - June 3, 2023
Los Angeles, CA


Scholarships Available

COAFCC has a scholarship fund to help those in need.  Both full and partial scholarships are available to all online programming.  Check out the simple online application process. 

And keep in mind, AFCC also has a number of scholarships available for their educational programs. 


Remember - you can't win if you don't play!  

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