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Divorce Counseling Goodyear AZ

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. Read on for more.

Ms. Shannon Spellman
Veritas Counseling Center, LLC
(602) 863-3939
10640 N. 28th Drive, Suite B-202
Phoenix, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW, LMFT, LISAC
Licensed in Arizona
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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David Phelan
(623) 330-3197
Litchfield Park, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dressner Counseling Services Inc Ira Liana Dressner Lcsw
(917) 725-5200
Dressner Counseling Services Inc17901 North Adobe Mesa Court
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Trauma and PTSD, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Native American, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$150 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

James Main
(623) 826-2543
Surprise, AZ
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Clyta A West
(520) 221-4202
12301 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Women's Issures, marriage, communi, Divorce, Anxiety or Fears, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Colorado Christian University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: AZ Foundations

Barbara Baumgardner, PhD, RN, IBCLC
(623) 262-8915
1626 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 280
Goodyear, AZ
Specialties
I offer a highly personalized approach, tailoring best evidence-based andresearch practices to your family''s needs.

James Westly
(602) 469-7105
Glendale, AZ
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Clyta A West
(520) 221-4202
12301 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Women's Issures, marriage, communic, Relationship Issues, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Colorado Christian University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: AZ Foundations

Barry Aneda Jr
(623) 889-7458
Surprise, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Joseph Bednorz
Glendale, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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11 Quick Questions about Divorce

11 Quick Questions About Divorce


1. How does the quality of one's relationship with their ex-spouse influence the psychological adjustment of their children?

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. When parents model angry, selfish and bitter interaction with one another, their children learn that these disrespectful behaviors are the protocol for how people should be treated. It is no wonder that children from high conflict divorce have a higher incidence of failed relationships later in life. I believe this is why.

2. You write, "Smart parenting is all about trading the momentary relief of venting anger and frustration at your co-parent for the benefit of raising healthier, more productive, and less stressed children." How can a parent deal with their anger in a healthy way that does not cause more pain to their children?
Break a clay pot, scream into a pillow, make a voodoo doll out of modeling clay. Do what ever you want (as long as it is legal and outside of your children's presence) but do not expose your children to toxic emotion. Oh yes, and read my book.

3. How can a person de-escalate the conflict between themselves and their ex-spouse?

It takes two people to fight. The key to de-scalation is ignoring insult and offering reasonable compromises. This takes practice because often, in poor co-parenting relationships people cannot resist the urge to fight fire with fire. Actually to continue the imagery, it is best to fight fire with water. Parents often ask, "Why shoud I give the co-parent what he/she wants?" The answer to this is "because when you can, and when it doesn't much matter one way or the other (i.e. an extra few minutes here and there) the reduction in conflict benefits the kids."

4. What is the "package" that can make a difference in the quality of communication between the ex-spouses?

Resist the urge to "dig" or "poke" with sarcasm and direct insults. Understand that if you hate the co-parent, it is more difficult to love the part of your child that came from the co-parent. Take relief in the fact that any communication you have with the co-parent has a beginning and an end (at least for the moment) and when the contact is over you don't have to go back home and sleep with them.

5. Can you share with us some practical tips for negotiating with a former spouse who is a jerk?
Again, realize that giving in on minor issues is not a sign of personal weakness; on the contrary it is s sign of strength. Understand that what makes people as difficult as they are is that they "enjoy the fight." Fighting, bickering and nitpicking is feeding a part of them that they enjoy -- and that most likely y...

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Arizona Legal Requirements for Divorce

Waiting Period
If one party denies that marriage is irretrievably broken, court may order conciliation conference and matter is continued for 60 days; at next hearing, court makes finding whether marriage is broken as a result of "no reasonable prospect of reconciliation." 25-316

"No Fault" Grounds for Divorce
Irretrievable breakdown; separation (both parties must consent and relationship must be irretrievably broken).

Residency Requirements
One party must be Arizona domiciliary and presence has been maintained 90 days prior to filing for divorce.

Defenses to a Divorce Filing
Only defense is that marriage is not irretrievably broken.

Code Section
Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act §§25-311 et seq.

Other Grounds for Divorce
Only requirement is that relationship is irretrievably broken and the court has made provisions for child custody, support, disposition of property, and support of spouse. Covenant marriage: adultery, conviction of felony, abandonment for one year; sexual abuse; living apart for 2 yrs., or 1 yr. after legal separation; drug/alcohol abuse; both spouses agree

From www.statelaws.findlaw.com