About Conciliation Services

Conciliation Court Services is offered by the Superior Court under the authority of Arizona law (ARS § 25-381) for married parties who are considering or who are in the process of divorce. The focus of this brief conference is to assist parties in making an informed and thoughtful decision regarding their marital relationship. Upon completion of the conference, the parties may be referred to community-based services for further assistance if they indicate such an interest.

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Petition for Conciliation

This conference is initiated by the filing of a Petition for Conciliation in any of the Conciliation Services regional offices. It is not necessary to have a divorce pending to file the Petition for Conciliation. Once a Petition for Conciliation has been accepted neither party may file for legal separation or dissolution for a period of 60 days. If such an action was filed previous to the acceptance of the Petition for Conciliation, the case may not be advanced until the 60 day "cooling off" period has expired.

When jurisdiction of the Court has been invoked by the acceptance of a Petition for Conciliation, both parties are required to attend the scheduled conferences. These conferences are conducted by a trained marriage and family professional, are held in private, and are confidential. During the process, no coercion is used to try to force a reconciliation. The final decision regarding the marriage is made by the spouses themselves.

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Evaluation Services (Parenting Conference)

Evaluation services allow the court to determine the best interests of the child(ren) involved in a potential separation or divorce. A Parenting Conference Conciliator, assigned by Conciliation Services, does this through non-confidential conferences with both parties. Factors considered include residential arrangements, time spent with each parent, and decision-making responsibility. The process identifies areas of agreement and significant disputes related to legal decision-making and parenting time. The steps in the process are

Step 1 - Initial Referral

During a court hearing, both parties are ordered by the judge to attend a parenting conference. There is a $300/person service fee for the conference.

Step 2 - Collateral Information

The assigned Conciliator may review Department of Child Safety, law enforcement records, and other relevant information. Additional sources may be collected as needed, with documents requested by Conciliation Services and provided directly to the Conciliator.

Step 3 - Appointments

The Parenting Conference includes joint and individual parent meetings, and possibly child interviews. Other parties may be interviewed at the Conciliator's discretion. If an agreement is reached and deemed in the child(ren)'s best interest, the Conciliator may recommend it to the court and address any concerns in the report.

Step 4 - Written Report

The written report aims to provide the Court with information for determining legal decision-making and parenting time orders in the child(ren)'s best interest, considering relevant factors. The Conciliator submits the report within 60 days or 14 days before scheduled hearings, delivering it to the Court, counsel, or self-represented parties.

Mediation Services

Mediation in Maricopa County allows parents to make decisions about their children following separation or divorce. With a focus on the future, it directly involves both parents in developing a parenting plan, addressing decision-making responsibilities and time spent with each parent. Although mediation is encouraged and often required in Family Court actions involving child-related disputes, it does not pressure parents to reach an agreement and is not a substitute for legal advice.

Parental Conflict Resolution Class

The Parental Conflict Resolution Class (PCR) is a four-hour course taught at the court, specifically designed for parents in high-conflict situations. The class addresses research-backed strategies that parents can use to reduce conflict and minimize its negative impact on their children. A $50 fee is required to attend the class, and parents must attend separate sessions. Payment must be made five days prior to the class date. For questions, rescheduling, or any additional information, parents can call 602-506-6124.

Parental Information Program

The Parent Information Program in Maricopa County is a mandatory course for parents involved in a divorce, legal separation, or paternity cases where legal decision-making, parenting time, or child support is being determined. The program educates parents on their children's experiences during these challenging times. The fee for the class is a maximum of $50 per person, with completion certificates filed by the approved class provider. Classes are available through various community-based providers and online.

Parental Information Program (PIP) Providers

Online, In-Person & Zoom classes available in English & Spanish Register online.

Phone: 480-946-9680

Phone (Español): 602-451-4046

Visit Families in Transition web site

Visit AZ.OnlineParentingPrograms.com 

Español

Online registration available.

Customer Support available in both English & Spanish

866-504-2883 (6 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F MST)

Support@OnlineParentingPrograms.com

Online chat available 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F MST

Cost: $35 (Discounts Available)

Visit the Arizona Parenting and Divorce Class web site.

Available in English & Spanish 

Online registration available.

Phone: 800-767-8193

Email Address: ep@certevia.com

Cost: $35

Visit the Maricopa Coparenting web site.

Online & Zoom classes available in English & Spanish. Register online.

Phone: 954-478-2062

Email: support@positiveparentingonline.com

Cost: $35

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