In the fast-paced business world, conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. However, they don’t have to escalate into costly litigation battles. One way businesses can resolve conflict is through mediation.
While it is often viewed as “last resort,” mediation can actually be a powerful tool to help businesses save money, time and reputation.
The key to successful mediation is building trust and fostering open communication. In cases of high-conflict, or in situations where there are underlying issues like domestic violence or intimidation, it may be best for couples to mediate in separate rooms to protect their safety. In these cases, shuttle mediation is an option to consider.
Shuttle Mediation: What it is and how it works
The process of shuttle mediation involves the mediator going back and forth between two rooms (or virtual sessions if mediated via video call) to work with each party on their needs, goals and issues. In this situation, the couple never sees or speaks directly to each other.
During the session, the mediator will take notes and guide the discussions to resolution. Once the discussions are complete, the mediator will then relay the outcome to the other party. In most cases, both parties will need a few shuttle sessions before they are ready to sign their agreement.
Shuttle mediation can be particularly useful in a wide range of situations including:
Parenting disputes: The most common reason for seeking shuttle mediation is when a family is having difficulty reaching an agreement about children’s issues. Whether the conflict is about custody, visitation or parenting plan, having these discussions in separate rooms can allow each party to express their views without being interrupted or feeling pressured.
Business partnership disputes: Disputes between partners can be complex and impact the longevity of the relationship. With the help of a skilled mediator, this type of dispute can be resolved effectively, helping to rebuild the relationship and refocus on the goals of the partnership.
Oftentimes, shuttle mediation is a better alternative to litigation when dealing with intellectual property disputes such as copyright and patent infringement. These types of disputes can be very difficult to resolve in a courtroom, where judges are not familiar with the specifics of each case. By allowing the parties to discuss the issues in a private setting with a trained mediator, they can come to a mutually agreeable solution that will not require a lengthy court battle.
If you are looking for a reputable mediator who can offer shuttle mediation, contact Family Circle Mediation to arrange an initial consultation. During this session, we will assess your situation and provide you with information about the process and any referrals to support services or legal counsel. We will also discuss whether shuttle mediation is the right process for your situation. Ultimately, we want to ensure you are comfortable with the mediation process and that it is an effective tool in resolving your family law or civil matter dispute. We look forward to hearing from you. shuttle mediation