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Family Mediation is an effective method of resolving disputes without having to take them to court. We understand the difficulty that can come with certain types of disputes, especially those involving a history of domestic abuse or tense emotional circumstances.

We offer our clients a shuttle mediation service which offers a safe and impartial space for difficult and emotional disputes. With this method, we aim for our clients to reach a mutual and sensible agreement without tensions arising.

What is shuttle mediation?

Shuttle mediation is different from usual mediation as it takes place with each party sitting in a separate room. This is usually due to emotional ties between the parties that make it impossible for mediation to take place with the parties being in the same room.

A MIAM (mediation information assessment meeting) is always conducted at the beginning of any mediation process. A third-party mediator begins by contacting both parties and identifying issues that need resolving. If it seems that mediation is the way forward, but being in the same room together is not an option then Shuttle mediation will be offered and if both parties agree, the process will go ahead. If, however, mediation does not seem to be the appropriate method for the parties involved, the mediator may suggest taking the dispute to court. However, there are many benefits to mediation which make it much more desirable than going to court.

The mediator ‘shuttles’ between each room, and discusses the issues with each client separately. The mediator acts completely neutral, and refrains from judgement, suggesting possible outcomes and solutions. The two parties will never be required to meet. The mediator will act as the link between the two, informing each party of new arising issues or suggestions from the other. This works in exactly the same way as if the parties were in the same room together in that the process remains completely transparent.

Once mediation has been successfully completed, a document will be drawn up detailing the outcomes and agreed solutions. This document is not legally-binding, but acts as guidance for both parties to move forward.

What can I use shuttle mediation for?

  • Disputes with a history of domestic abuse
  • Matrimonial or family disputes
  • Divorce mediation
  • Disputes involving children
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Any dispute which involves acrimonious relationships

Advantages of shuttle mediation

This type of mediation is useful for disputes in which the two parties are too emotionally-involved to be in the same room. If there is a history of domestic abuse or an acrimonious relationship, shuttle mediation can provide a safe space to come to an agreement. It is important to remember that shuttling lacks the immediacy of a traditional mediation, but we understand that sometimes being in the same room is not desirable, or possible. Being in separate rooms may actually speed up a mediation where exacerbation may arise and halt any agreement or progression if the parties were in the same room. It can also be too traumatic for our clients to see the other party in person, and shuttle mediation is sensitive to this kind of situation.

Why choose 174 Law?

Here at 174 Law, we specialise in mediation, with over 40 years combined experience.

Our shuttle mediation service is designed with you in mind and aims to support each party’s unique needs. We treat shuttle mediation with the same respect as traditional mediation, and always remain completely impartial.

We understand not every dispute is easily settled in the same room. Just like no two people are the same, no two relationships or disputes are the same. We also recognise the importance of feeling as comfortable as possible when making important decisions to resolve disputes. This is why we offer the invaluable service of shuttle mediation to our clients. If you think this type of mediation could be for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Contact our specialists today on 0151 647 7372 or email familymediation@174law.co.uk for more information on how we can help.