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Conciliation Services: Frequently Asked Questions
What does Conciliation Services do?
We provide services to help determine parenting plans, mediation for Legal Decision Making and parenting time
disputes, parent education and underage marital counseling.
What are the qualifications for professional staff?
Clinical staff have at least a Master's degree or Doctorate in a mental health or related field and at
least two years experience in counseling or social work.
Are these services available anywhere else?
Yes, throughout the county.
Counseling for parties contemplating divorce, mediation and Legal Decision Making evaluations are available in the
community through mental health agencies, private counselors, private mediators, psychologists and
psychiatrists, typically for a fee. For a list of mental health providers go to www.cir.org or call
602-263-8856 or 800-352-3792.
If I file for Conciliation Court Services does my spouse have to attend the appointments?
Yes. It is required that each party attends the initial appointment. This service is not marriage
counseling. It does not fulfill the marriage counseling requirement of a Covenant Marriage. This is not
therapy. This service helps spouses decide what action they will take regarding their marital relationship. Actions could include
marriage counseling, reconciliation, or further legal action such as divorce or legal separation.
How long before we get an appointment?
The appointment is usually within four weeks of filing the Petition for Conciliation Court Services.
If I decide later that I do not want Conciliation Court Services, how do I withdraw my petition?
You will need to bring your request to the Conciliation Court Judge. Blank motion forms are available in the Law Library Resource Center.