Resources for the Separated and Divorced


Saving the Marriage

In Need Of Support After Separation Or Divorce?

For Adults

  • Divorce and Beyond (Spanish Edition)

For Children (Topic of Divorce)

For Children (Topic of Separation)

For Older Children

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Saving the Marriage

  • Retrouvaille
    Retrouvaille is a weekend program (available in English and Spanish) which helps couples heal and renew their marriages.  This practical approach is led by other couples who overcome challenges in their own marriage.  (Highly Recommended)
  • The Third Option
    The Third Option is a program pairs hurting couples, who see only two options – painful endurance or divorce with experienced mentor couples.  The “Third Option” means reconciliation.
  • Institute for Marital Healing
    These Catholic professionals provide resources for strengthening marriages and families.

In Need Of Support After Separation Or Divorce?

For Adults

  • Divorced Catholic
    Divorced Catholic provides a variety of resources including workshops, books and daily reflections.  The “Recovering from Divorce” support program has been implemented in several local parishes. (Highly Recommended)
  • Journey of Hope
    This website contains free and paid resources to help Catholics who have experienced divorce.
  • Beginning Experience
    Beginning Experience is a weekend program is intended for those suffering the loss of a love relationship as widowed, divorced or separated, who are ready to come to terms with their grief and move forward with their lives. (Highly Recommended)
  • Surviving Divorce
    This website provides hope and healing for the Catholic family.
  • DivorceCare
    Divorce Care is a nondenominational, Bible-based support program.  They have a particular ministry, “Surviving the Holidays” which is useful during that stressful time.
  • Catholic Divorce Ministry
    Catholic Divorce Ministry provides a network of support for families experiencing separation and divorce.
  • Up To Parents
    This free, confidential and interactive website helps divorcing and divorced parents.
  • Smart Step Families
    This website provides Christian resources for single parents, dating couples with kids, and step families from a remarriage.
  • Pastoral para Divorciados
    This website offers support, guidance, and resources for the divorced in Spanish.
  • Second Saturday Workshops                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This secular resource provides an overview of the legal, financial and emotional aspect of divorce.

For Children

  • Kids’ Turn San Diego
    This local resource provides Family Workshops to empower kids to share how their parents’ divorce and separation affects them and helps parents learn to listen better. (Highly Recommended)
  • DivorceCare for Kids
    These support groups provide a safe and fun place where kids can learn skills that will help them heal.
  • Safe Families for Children                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This innovative collaboration between area churches, volunteers and child care professionals supports at-risk children and parents in need.
  • Rainbows
    This organization helps children recover from the loss associated with divorce, death, or crisis.


Ricardo J. Marquez, Ph.D
Associate Director
Phone: (858) 490-8295
Janelle Peregoy
Associate Director, Separated & Divorced Ministry
Phone: (858) 490-8292
Nora Mendez
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8299