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That is correct technically. Since she is represented by counsel the attorney would need to file the motion to withdraw but she can always write a letter and fire the attorney and file the motion to withdraw on her own. Of course the attorney will have to file a motion to withdraw as attorney of record with the court and after that motion is granted, your wife can then file the motion to withdraw the petition.
The other option is to pause the case indefinitely and that can be done by notifying the court the parties are attempting counseling and putting the case in abeyance indefinitely. It's an easy thing to do and if neither party files anything else, the case will just remain open for up to a year. This is a good option because it allows you to try to work things out and if things do not work out, you can just move the case forward and not have to file another $300+ for filing fees and service of a new petition and if the counseling works, you can then file a motion to withdraw at that time and close the case.
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