Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
If you are in dispute with your ex-partner or spouse, or are having difficulties formulating a financial separation or agreeing how to parent your children, you may be thinking about court proceedings.
However, before an application can be made to court, you will be required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The aim of the meeting is to see if mediation could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going straight to court.
Courts are required to know that mediation has been considered before they are able to proceed with your application. You will need to submit a form called an FM1 with your application to court.
What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting?
The MIAM is a meeting between you and a mediator to find out if there are alternative ways to find solutions to your problems.
One of our mediators will explain to you:
- what your options might be
- what mediation is, and how it works
- the benefits of mediation and other appropriate forms of resolving disputes
- the likely costs of using mediation
- if you are eligible for free mediation and Legal Aid.
The meeting can be between the mediator and just you, or with your ex-partner too.
How long is the meeting?
The meeting usually lasts around 45 minutes.
What happens after the meeting?
The mediator will be able to tell you if your case is suitable for mediation. If it is, he or she will advise you of the next steps.
What happens if the Mediation does not go ahead?
If, after your MIAM, it’s considered that mediation is not suitable in your case, the mediator will supply you with a form called an FM1. This form is signed by a certified mediator, and confirms that you have attended a MIAM. A court will then allow you to issue proceedings.