Do I Really Want a Divorce?
Divorce is a difficult decision and it’s difficult to always know the best answer. You may think divorce is the right decision, but how can you be sure? How can you know that you’ve done all that you can to save your marriage?
Sometimes, it’s a good idea to go to marriage counseling before making a life-impacting decision. But what if your spouse refuses?
In the state of Arizona, the court can mandate a marital counseling session. If you request it, you and your spouse will be required to attend (one time) a session with a marriage counselor.
A single session with a marriage counselor may not be enough to safe your marriage, but it may be enough to help you make the best decision for your life.
Family Center of the Conciliation Court
Arizona has laws that can help you try to save your marriage. These provisions put your divorce proceedings on hold while you try to reconcile with your spouse.
A separate court, known as the conciliation court, will work with you and your spouse to reach a reconciliation agreement. The conciliation court has trained therapists and staff members who are there to help. The conciliation process, with your consent, may include assistance from psychologists and social agencies.
If you and your spouse are unable to reconcile during this process, your divorce proceedings will continue as before.
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.
What’s Your Next Step
If you have questions about this article or are interested in learning more about Arizona’s No-Fault Divorce or another matter concerning Family Law, please contact The Law Office of Keith A. Singer or call 520.795.1800.