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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 a Conciliation Counseling Conference does my spouse have to attend the
Yes. It is required that each party attends the initial appointment. This services is not marriage
counseling. It does not fulfill the martiage 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 first appointment is usually within four weeks of filing the petition.
If I decide later that I do not want counseling, how do I cancel the Petition?
You will need to bring your request before the Conciliation Court Judge. Blank motions are available in the Self Service Center.