Guidance on attending mediation
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#54391 (In Topic #9467)
A couple of questions on the best way to approach mediation sessions
Dear all, this is my first post so I thank anyone in advance who might be able to provide some guidance.I begin mediation for access to my son shortly. For the last 12 months I have had supervised access to my son for 4 hours a week. I agreed to this as the divorce has been acrimonious in nature and for a time I was battling with depression and anxiety. For a variety of reasons I was, for a time, addicted to prescription medication and also took recreational drugs. I am pleased to say that over the last 8 months I have managed to ‘get clean’ and have undertaken therapy, group glasses and the like in order to achieve this.In the past few months I have also attended first aid courses, parenting classes and continue with sporadic therapy so as not to get complacent. I have done everything I can to ensure that my commitment to my son and wanting a more significant role in his life can not be questioned. I would say my mental health has improved dramatically but that I still suffer from depression albeit it is manageable and I am living a ‘normal’ life.My question to the forum centres on disclosure during the mediation process.
- I am willing to undertake all necessary drug testing to evidence the fact I no longer use any drugs in any capacity. Do I have to disclose during the process the extent of my historical drug use?
- With regards to the therapy and counselling do I have to give access to my estranged wife to the Doctors / Counsellors I have met with?
- Should I admit that I still deal with depression?
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