The whole process of separation is difficult and sad but at the same time there are practical things that have to be tackled. After a very long marriage, resolving assets through a brutal court battle was not my preference and therefore I chose mediation to help my husband and I deal with the financial side of things.
I didn’t know what to expect and I was open-minded about mediation knowing that if it didn’t work I had the choice to pursue a different route.
As soon as I met Viv I knew I could confide in her about my deepest feelings without risk. She explained the process very clearly and the differences between mediation and the more formal legal route. Viv was consistently professional throughout the entire process and always 100% fair and objective to both of us. Viv strikes a great balance between getting the job done in a structured and logical way while allowing sufficient pauses for reflection and expressing feelings.
Even outside of our mediation sessions when I needed to refer things to Viv she was accessible and tremendously supportive. During a very unstable and frightening period which sometimes seemed to be going on forever, Viv was a person in whom I could place my trust, something which is so important at a time like this.
Having internalised the loneliness and pain of a very difficult marriage for numerous years, there are very few people who I would put myself in the hands of, but I can highly recommend Viv as a person to help facilitate a final outcome during even the most difficult of separations in a neutral, pragmatic and most of all, human way.