(1) Domestic relations counselors shall, under the supervision of and as directed by the judge of the district court in which they are serving, perform the following duties:
(a) Promptly consider all requests for counseling for the purpose of disposing of such requests pursuant to this article;
(b) Counsel husband or wife or both under a schedule of fees set by the judge of the district court wherein the case is heard, said fee to be paid by either the husband or wife or jointly by the husband and wife, as determined by the court, whether or not a petition for dissolution of marriage, declaration of invalidity of marriage, or legal separation has been filed, if the spouses have marital difficulties which may lead to a termination of the marriage relationship;
(c) If, in the judgment of the counselor, prolonged counseling is necessary or if it appears that medical, psychiatric, or religious assistance is indicated, refer the husband or wife or both to a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social service agency, or clergyman of any religious denomination to which the parties may belong.
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