While separating as a couple is never easy, sometimes the process of negotiating the terms of separation can be complicated by animosity or physical distance.
Shane McClure’s practice offers video mediation, telephone and shuttle mediation for situations where it is not possible for the parties to be in the same room together.
What is Video Mediation?
- With video technology, Shane can conduct mediation sessions after-hours, on weekends and in the privacy of your own home, providing security and convenience to parties who live in different areas or who have a history of serious conflict.
- Shane McClure’s video mediation sessions usually always incorporate tools such as screen-sharing and drawing tools. These tools enable participants to illustrate situations for clarity, and also prepare and update documentation such as settlement agreements right on the screen while everyone is “present” to provide their input.
- All you need is a computer or tablet with a camera and a microphone, as well as a good Internet connection.
Why Video Mediation?
- Geographical distance. Your ex-partner may have moved overseas following your separation or works away from home most of the year; video mediation allows both parties to be in different locations, savings costs and travel time.
- Family Violence. In a situation where the couple separated due to domestic violence, video mediation can be beneficial as the parties do not have to be in the same room and confront each other face to face. It ensures the safety of all participants.
- Emotions. You may feel more at ease negotiating over video conference rather than in-person, especially if the separation is recent and was not your decision. Video conference usually helps make the mediation session less emotional and more focused on the issues at hand.
Here is a real-life example from one of our clients:
Prior to contacting Shane McClure, I did not know how my ex-partner and I would ever resolve our issues as simply being in the same room as him frightened me. Every time I looked at him made me recall my shattered hopes and dreams for our relationship. I knew that we had to sit down together and discuss our issues; I tried emailing a few times, but he just responded in a way that was not productive for moving forward. My ex-partner works over in the mines and is only back in Melbourne every few weeks, so it as hard to schedule a time to chat.
I had all but given up on moving forward until someone suggested that I contact Shane McClure, as he could help me sit down with my ex in different rooms, through the use of video mediation. It was a raving success; I felt at ease and my ex-partner could participate from where he was located, which was very convenient for both of us.
Lilly, Hoppers Crossing.
How to get started
If you would like to discuss arranging a video mediation session, you can contact Shane McClure at 0416 269 640 or leave a message below. He will contact you to discuss your specific circumstances and work out the best strategy to help you move forward.