‘I had experiences through the divorce process that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy – it leaves you with scars for life’

After navigating a legal separation and divorce through the Irish court system, Michelle Browne recognised the need for alternatives to litigation. Now a family mediator, she works with separating couples who want to avoid the cost and stress of court

Family mediator Michelle Browne. Photo: Mark Condren

Michelle Browne

‘I was in my late-twenties when I went through a sad marriage breakup. We divorced through the courts and I quickly learned that this process escalates the situation and makes it even harder for everyone involved. The court system is lengthy and traumatising. And it affects your children — that’s the hardest part.