Although it is preferable that both parties are in the same room together, we acknowledge that in some situations this is just not possible, or desirable.
It may be that there has been domestic violence in the relationship in the past (this could be emotional and/or psychological as well as physical). It may be that the impact of having both people together would be just too emotional for them to cope with, and would make informed decision-making impossible.
Arena Mediation offers a "shuttle" mediation process where each party will sit in a separate room and will not have to meet the other party face to face.
The mediator will move between rooms to talk to each client separately. The option of shuttle mediation can be discussed at your MIAM [mediation information assessment meeting] where the mediator will explain in more detail including ‘ground rules’ to ensure transparency.
We can also arrange for clients to have separate arrival and leaving times and to sit separately before the meeting.