I received a flyer from Resolution today inviting me to attend an 'awareness training' which will explain what my clients can expect should they attend a parenting workshop. No problem with that (although I'm not sure what the word 'awareness' adds to 'training'), but what does slightly concern me is the reasoning they give for attending:
What do you say when your client asks how to tell the kids that they are divorcing?
I say that I am a lawyer, and not qualified to give such advice.
Are you afraid to broach the question of how the children are coping with their parents separation?
No, because I would not normally ask such a question.
Do you worry about your clients' communications with their children?
No, because that is unlikely to be any of my business and even if it is, then again, I am not qualified to advise.
Now, I realise that the questions may be aimed at the simple answer "advise your client to attend a parenting workshop", but that is not how it reads, and this is not the first time that it has been suggested that I provide non-legal advice to my clients. The modern increasingly holistic approach to family law is all very well, but in the end I am only a lawyer. I am not a counsellor, just as I am not a financial advisor, a chartered surveyor or a medical expert.