Shuttle mediation is a physical type of removal. There are a number of ways to do mediation. One is direct where you direct the people where they’re going to go. One is you sit back and let them talk to you. Another way is more gentle and more probing like a psychologist would do as opposed to a lawyer who’s like “I’m direct, that’s just the way I do mediation.” You can have the people be in two different rooms, you can have the people be in the same room. I prefer to have people in the same room if at all possible because, going forward, they have to deal with each other unil those kids are grown. They need to start learning how to do that.
With 30 years of experience in family law, Laura M. Urbik Kern is a certified mediator and family lawyer who concentrates on dissolution, family and juvenile law, child support, and complex domestic relations cases.