What is Conciliation Court Services (CCS)?
The CCS is a department of the Court for families experiencing marital stress or divorce. Information, counseling, mediation, and court-ordered evaluation services are available to help families find solutions to relationship problems.
Why Use Conciliation Court Services?
If a decision is made to divorce, counseling can also help couples separate with understanding or conciliate. Mediation can help parents plan for their children's lives following divorce.
List of Services
Our staff provides conciliation mediation to those couples who are considering reconciliation. This service is available for couples who have a divorce pending but would like to explore the option of reconciliation; as well as for those couples who may be considering filing for a divorce, but who would like to first explore options which might save their marriage. Couples are seen together. Options and steps to assist the couple in considering or trying reconciliation are negotiated with the assistance of a neutral third person. The Mediation Center does not provide marriage therapy, but may assist couples in identifying whether they want to seek such services and in negotiating details regarding such services. Conciliation mediation sessions are confidential. There is no fee for the service.
Divorce Mediation is a process whereby parents, with the assistance of a neutral mediator, attempt to reach an agreement regarding a parenting plan for their children. If the parties are going through a divorce, been divorced, or are a parent who has never been married, mediation services are available to attempt to resolve a child custody/parenting time dispute. Both parents will meet with a professional mediator. In the session, each parent will be allowed time to express themselves and their needs. Mediation may require several sessions in order to reach an agreement on the issues. The mediator does not make decisions or give legal advice. The parties themselves are responsible for coming to an agreement. Mediation sessions are confidential and there is no fee for the service.
In accordance with a mandate from the Arizona Supreme Court, the Parent Education Program was developed to provide parents information about the mediation process and the effects of divorce, or separation, on children and families. This four (4) hour class includes a Mediation orientation, which addresses custody and parenting time options, and other adult issues including divorce and separation, domestic violence and grief. The class includes how the family and children are impacted with all of these issues from birth to adulthood. In most cases, Parent Education is mandatory for all parties of a divorce or paternity action in Arizona; however, anyone can contact Conciliation Court Services and arrange to attend a class. There is a $50.00 fee for this class.
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Superior Court Services
The Parenting Coordinator program was developed for those cases in which one or both parents are not meeting the court ordered items concerning the minor child(ren). The court, on its own initiative, or as result of a petition by one of the parents, can assign a case to the Parenting Coordinator who will then meet with the parents and work with them, primarily through facilitation, to aid their reaching an agreement on how they will meet the terms of the court order. The Parenting Coordinator may, on his/her own initiative, make minor temporary changes to the terms of the agreement in order to assure the welfare of the child(ren). Cases may be assigned to the Parent Coordinator for an extended period of time to allow for resolution. If the parents are unable to reach resolution, the Parenting Coordinator will make recommendations to the Court for resolution of the problem. The overall aim is to assist parents and the Superior Court in resolving disputes and issues of non-compliance with parent-child access orders, child support orders, spousal maintenance, and medical insurance coverage. There is no fee for this service.
Dependency Case Facilitation
The Dependency Case Facilitation program was developed as part of the Model Court/Court Improvement Project through the Arizona Supreme Court. This program utilizes a Family Counselor/Mediator as the facilitator and/or mediator in para-judicial conferences involving families who are in the process of dependency proceedings. The Counselor/Mediator is responsible for assisting all parties of the dependency action in proceedings and in identifying their roles and responsibilities in relation to the goals and requirements set forth in the action by the Court and other contributing agencies. Cases are referred to the Counselor/ Mediator by the Court. There is no fee for this service.
Case Flow Processing
Court Technology Services
Infant and Toddler Mental Health