UK: How Mediation Takes the Sting Out of Divorce

Sounds clear enough. “Thirteen years ago,” she says, “it was different. I was different. I was needy. I needed a clown, a funny man. He needed a damsel in distress. I don’t regret it. I loved him. Our wedding was an amazing day. We really did intend to be together for the rest of our lives.”

So what happened? “Something changed, in him and in me,” she says. “I became stronger, he became grumpier. He’s quite a difficult person to live with. Opinionated, impatient.”

They tried to split three years ago, but failed. Last April, though, that was it. Louisa (not her real name) moved into the spare room. She went to see a solicitor; she also spoke to a

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