There are many reasons why people going through a divorce or separation may choose Mediation. Its quicker, more cost effective and is about improving communication and creating a new way forward for everyone involved. It’s a life enhancing experience rather than a force of destruction at a time of great upheaval.
I was a Family Solicitor for nearly 20 years and I can also see a place for the much-maligned Solicitor in the Family Justice System. Sometimes you just need a Lawyer on board with their experience and knowledge.
Each has its place in the Family Justice System.
Me well the idea of being a Mediator has been floating around for some time now. I left the legal profession in 2014 looking for a new direction. I have been on one heck of a journey since then. Learned a lot of new things. Learnt even more about myself!
Never really appreciated the freedom and responsibility that comes with being self-employed. The buck stops with me. It has been exhilarating with equal amounts of fear and joy. I have learnt to walk on through the self-doubt and doubts of others. Made mistakes-many mistakes and picked myself up and kept going. Each step has taken me a little closer to what I am capable of. Each step I have gathered a little more of the compass. Each road I have been down forming a part of the map.
My map has led me to the door of Mediation. It feels the right door to be going through. I have a sense of it bringing together all the threads of my past experience. My legal experience and knowledge sits firmly behind me. Whilst my therapeutic skills and mindfulness training support the people skills of a Mediator.
I am a problem solver. Always have been. My journey to this place has allowed me to find clarity as to my purpose. I am looking forward to mediating. It`s not going to be an easy road but I am used to the challenging path. I hope to provide a really great service for adults and children at a time of great difficulty. Let`s see what 2019 brings.