A brief guide to Arizona's Conciliation Provisions
Divorce is a difficult decision. You and your spouse have spent years together. You have built a life together. Things may not be like they used to be, but there is still love. Emotions are heightened. Perhaps, your relationship would benefit from marital counseling, but maybe, your spouse will not agree. Arizona law provides for a one-time mandatory counseling session if requested by a spouse.
Family Center of the Conciliation Court
Arizona law provides conciliation provisions that allow a party to attempt to preserve the marriage. The requesting party must file a petition for conciliation. If the conciliation provisions are used, the divorce proceeding is stopped for the time being to allow the conciliation process to occur. A separate court, the conciliation court, will work with the parties to attempt to reach a reconciliation agreement. Conciliation court provides trained marriage and family counselor to help parties determine whether or not to terminate their relationship. The conciliation court has trained therapist and staff to work with the parties. Through the conciliation process, the court may with the consent of the parties recommend appropriate resources such as psychologists or social agencies to help with the reconciliation. Learn more about the Family Center of the Conciliation Court by visiting http://www.sc.pima.gov/?tabid=61.
When Reconciliation Fails
If reconciliation is not successful, the divorce process will continue in the family court. The process will pick up right where you left off, but you will have the peace of mind that you gave your marriage one last shot. Using the conciliation provisions does not affect your position in the divorce proceeding.
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