Did you know the Pima County Superior Court offers free counseling services to help keep your marriage intact and to help you with parenting issues? There is no need to file for a divorce first. Not only that, the Conciliation Court is staffed with really well trained professionals. Plus, for now at least, it offers virtual counseling. This is a truly amazing service to our community about which most people know very little. Conciliation Court can be used for a variety of important tasks – from keeping a marriage together to navigating the modification of a parenting plan years after divorce. Here is a quick guide:
Conciliation court does not offer services to resolve money related divorce issues, including child support, spousal maintenance and property disputes.
Absolutely not! Conciliation Court is staffed with highly qualified mediators, who have advanced degrees in behavior sciences and postgraduate experience in marriage and family therapy and parenting issues. You would pay top rates to obtain those same services privately.
The Conciliation Court offers free mediation with a trained family mediator to help you and your parenting partner create a parenting plan. You can request mediation without filing a divorce or parenting petition. However, one is mandated once a divorce or parenting petition is filed if you have parenting disputes. With mediation, no one can force you to make an agreement, but you do have to attend. Lawyers and the children in question are not permitted to attend.
No. You can get a waiver from the Judge assigned to your case to either not participate in mediation, or request extra security measures like separate mediation sessions or separate waiting rooms.
No, conciliation court is now offering the class online! But be sure to register for the class offered by Pima County Conciliation Court because parenting classes offered elsewhere doesn’t satisfy the requirement here.
Yes, currently all conciliation court services are being done telephonically, except for child interviews which still must be in person. It’s not known when mediation, and conciliation counseling and parenting evaluations will be returned back to in-person.