This is a ‘Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting’. In April 2011, the rules concerning applications to the family courts were changed and it is now a requirement that anyone wishing to make an application to the court to resolve children or financial issues arising on divorce to attend a MIAM except in limited circumstances.
During that meeting, the Mediator will discuss the process of mediation with you and how it could assist you in resolving the dispute without involving the court. The Mediator will also discuss with you the other methods which exist to resolve family disputes such as Collaborative law or Solicitor negotiation and can signpost you to suitable organizations.
In the event that having met the Mediator, you do not consider that Mediation is right for you, the mediator will complete a Form FM1 which you will need to provide to your solicitor and/or to the court when making your application.
In the event that you wish to attempt mediation, the Mediator will arrange to speak to your ex partner and see if they are also willing and if they are also willing will contact you to arrange the first mediation session. (see ‘What Happens in mediation’ )
Only certain mediators are authorized to conduct these MIAM’s and unfortunately this firm is not currently able to conduct MIAM’s although it is something we hope to offer in the near future.
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