A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is an initial meeting between you and a mediator lasting up to 45 minutes.
The fee for a MIAM is £85 payable at the time of booking. If you are assessed as eligible for Legal Aid a refund will be issued.
At the meeting the mediator will :
explain the mediation process.
explain the benefits of mediation.
assess whether mediation is suitable in your case.
explore other options if mediation does not proceed.
At the meeting you will explain your situation and discuss any worries you may have. You will then decide with the mediator whether mediation is right for you, and the next steps.
The mediator must be satisfied that mediation would be suitable and that it would be a safe environment for you. If you wish to go ahead with mediation, your former partner will be invited to attend their own MIAM.
If mediation is not suitable for your circumstances or the other party does not want to attend, the service will provide the appropriately completed section of the relevant form (signed by a certified mediator) confirming you have attended a MIAM, to enable you to access court.
Anyone who intends to issue family court proceedings whether regarding children’s arrangements or property and finance, is expected to first have a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator. This was introduced because the courts believe it is better for former partners to reach their own agreements rather than trying to resolve matters through the court process, if at all possible.