What is confidential?
Have you recently separated? Have you been to see a Counsellor?
Many people believe that their private counselling discussions are confidential. Most are not.
It is important during a separation that spouses seek professional support and talk through their issues either together or individually. If repair can’t be brought to the relationship, counselling will usually improve communications and in so doing lessen the stress of arrangements for the spouses and the children.
Only Solicitors, Mediators and a limited number of Counsellors have legally enforceable confidentially. If legal confidentially is not available, then the discussions someone has with an expert – and the notes that are taken and all documents provided to them, whether it be a Counsellor, Doctor, Psychologist or Accountant, can be obtained by the court under subpoena.
There are ways of reducing your risk of exposure but still be able to take advantage of counselling services. It is important to obtain Specialist Family Law advice, as soon as possible.