Shuttle mediation is where we use two rooms at the same location. You and your former partner each stay in your own separate room, and the mediator or mediators ‘shuttle’ between you. There is no face to face communication between you, so it can be a good way to help clients negotiate safely. However, you should be aware that this kind of mediation doesn’t help to develop better communication in the way that other forms of mediation can.
Shuttle mediation sessions usually take longer than other mediation sessions. Sometimes lawyers are involved in this form of mediation too, each person bringing his or her own lawyer and consulting with them about the options available as the mediation progresses. Sessions involving lawyers, sometimes known as caucus mediations, are more expensive and tend to take quite a long time. Our mediators often participate in shuttle mediations, and are comfortable inviting lawyers, and indeed other professionals, into the process.