Face to face to shuttle mediation – Its your mediation
Face to Face mediation is a form of mediation that is both informal and fast where both parties and mediator meet together in the same room. An impartial mediator will facilitate the process and help the disputing parties reach a resolution quickly. Disputing parties can communicate to one another honestly, benefiting in a satisfactory resolution whereby the relationship between the parties is generally enhanced, and can be seen to evolve towards a sustainable lasting relationship.
In some cases however this form of mediation is not possible or desirable. Instead, “shuttle” mediation will be more helpful. In cases where past domestic violence or some form of physical or mental abuse has lead to emotional trauma the option of having a “go-between” mediator could prove more beneficial. Direct communication would only be with the mediator and the clients would have separate rooms. In cases where a client is nervous or concerned about meeting the other party they would be offered separate arrival and departure times and separate waiting areas if necessary. This method of mediation can take longer than Face to Face Mediation and therefore cost more, but if a resolution can be made without facing litigation, the benefits both financially and emotionally would be considerably higher.
The clients have control right throughout the process and can decide the final outcome. Either party can withdraw at anytime as the process is voluntary.
Both forms of mediation are almost always quicker than going through solicitors and battling it out in a court room. This means that considerable time and money is also saved for the disputing parties. Court cases can often become stressful, threatening and intrusive, but mediating is far more relaxed, structured, safe and controlled.
Another important benefit is confidentiality of the process. The disputing parties can be open and direct without reservations and any information or documents that are generated by mediation will remain with the mediator.