Do we have to sit in the same room?

Part of the benefit of mediation is to enable you and your ex partner to have a face to face discussion in a controlled setting to work out what you are going to do together.  Whilst we can conduct the mediation with the parties sitting in separate rooms (“shuttle mediation”) this is nowhere near as effective or successful as face to face meetings.  It also increases the time and cost involved considerably.  

However, where there has been domestic abuse and one person is actually afraid to sit in the same room as the other or there is actually an injunction to prevent direct contact between you, then this can be arranged.  This is something we would discuss at the MIAM.

If the mediation is conducted on Zoom, it is possible in most cases for both parties to be on the same Zoom call; however, we can discuss at the MIAM whether parties can be placed in "breakout rooms" so that they do not have to see each other on the screen.  This may also be helpful if the discussion continually descends into unconstructive arguing.