Emily came to see me on the recommendation of her solicitor. Emily had been with her husband for 20 years, and married for 10 of those years. They had one daughter together, aged 8. Emily’s husband had left very suddenly a few months earlier, leaving Emily and their daughter very upset, in debt and with a half-completed building project at home. Emily’s husband had already admitted to having several affairs during their marriage, and was now living with his girlfriend, whom he had been seeing for a few months before leaving.
Emily had already started divorce proceedings when she came to see me. Her ex-husband was not engaging with the process, and Emily felt that he was being aggressive and angry towards her. He wanted Emily to attend mediation, which she was dreading.