Family proceedings will be one of the most stressful and daunting times in a parent’s life, as you are dealing with the unknown.
You will be asked to put your trust in professionals who you may have never met before or you don’t know very well.
As well as dealing with social services, solicitors, guardians and a judge, you may have to also engage with other agencies if there are issues involved such as drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse.
You’ll meet professionals who will want to know everything about you in a short space of time, so it’s understandable that you would be overwhelmed, hesitant to trust and unlikely to open up to them.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, often one of the hardest things is to confide in a stranger or a professional and share your experiences, especially when your parenting may be questioned. It’s an incredibly private issue.