What is a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting)?

If you are going through a break-up or divorce and are struggling to come to an agreement with your partner as to how you are going to split your finances, assets and arrangements to see your children, you may be tempted to serve the court papers and get a final and definite decision from a judge. However, it is a legal requirement that before you do so you attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting.

Judges are increasingly supposed to check to see that couples have done all they can to try and reach an agreement between themselves before going to court, as conducting a court case is a very expensive and time-consuming business. The mediation process is an important part of trying to come to an agreement outside of court and the Mediation Information Assessment Meeting is the first part of this process. In the initial meeting, a mediator will discuss the situation with you and see whether or not mediation could be used to help resolve your issues.

Legally, a court is not supposed to proceed with your application for a hearing to resolve a family law dispute until they know that mediation has been considered. If the mediator judges that mediation would be a good move for your particular situation, it is highly recommended that you go through with it. If a judge sees that one partner has rejected mediation and has decided to go straight to court, the final judgement could be affected for the reasons already listed above.

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting – what does it involve?

In your MIAM meeting, the mediator will explain your options, tell you a little more about what mediation is and how the process works, explain to you the benefits of mediation as well as explaining some other ways in which you could resolve your dispute, go through the costs of the mediation sessions and will also assess whether or not you are eligible for Legal Aid or free mediation.

Your MIAM – separate or together?

You do not need to be in the same room as your ex-partner if you do not wish to; the session can be conducted one-on-one between the mediator and each partner alternately. The meeting will usually last for around forty-five minutes and will be a non-intrusive assessment used to help you decide whether or not mediation might be able to help you. If it will, the mediator will arrange sessions through which you can discuss the details in more depth and help move towards a resolution which suits everybody. If not, the mediator will sign a form which shows that you have attended the Mediation Information Assessment Meeting, which will allow you to issue proceedings through the court, showing that you have tried to settle the matter outside of the court but that the mediator judged this impossible.

Overall, mediation is a positive way to move forward and can be a far less expensive and upsetting way of resolving your divorce dispute. With it, you will be able to move on and begin a new era in your life free of the emotional baggage of an impending divorce.

For a MIAM meeting in a town near to you, call our specialist Family Mediation team  today

SALISBURY [01722] 422300

AMESBURY [01980 622992]

ANDOVER [01264] 364433

  • OR e-mail our team using the email contact form below

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Family mediation — not just for financial issues in divorce

Family mediation has a number of benefits for everyone involved in the process of separation and divorce. For many, the benefits are financial — the mediation service can help to suggest ways in which the financial situation may be divided or property can be split. It’s also financially beneficial in that the huge legal costs of going through court are avoided. However, the benefits a family mediator can bring aren’t just financial.

In most cases considering the use of family mediation is compulsory, in that a judge in a divorce court will have expected you to go through mediation before taking the case to court. Being able to resolve your dispute quickly and effectively will be hugely beneficial to all parties involved, helping you to make arrangements for the custody of children, residence, grandparents’ contact rights and many other issues of dispute surrounding a divorce.

If you take your conflict to court, the judge will have the final say on what happens. one big advantage of using a family mediator however, it is you who has a say in the outcome, with the verdict being based on compromise and agreement. The benefit of the level of communication often seen in mediation can often help overcome barriers and misunderstandings and ensure that both parties are able to come out of the experience positively. Showing your children that you can cooperate and act as adults will be extremely beneficial to them in the long-run.

If you are in a situation where you have recently separated and arrangements for the children are difficult to arrange because of hurt feelings and high tempers, family law mediation could provide an important way for you to resolve disputes quickly and easily. For grandparents, this can be particularly valuable as being unable to see your grandchildren through no fault of your own can be a heartbreaking and devastating thing to have to go through.

Most of the time, people don’t want to have to go to court. They really don’t. The courts are there as a last resort when disputes really cannot be solved by talking or compromise and in situations whereby a third-party judgement is necessary. However, the vast majority of disputes can be solved long before they get to court — no matter how much you might feel things are at a complete impasse.

If you want to find out more about how family mediation can help to resolve your family law disputes,, you will first need to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) in order to find out if mediation is right for you. You are able to visit separately or can visit with your partner if this is possible. If it is decided that using a family mediator would be a beneficial way for things to move forward, you will be given further information as to how you can get the ball rolling and move towards a resolution which benefits all of the parties involved and can help to put an end to hurtful and unhelpful conflict.

Call our specialist Family Mediation team today

SALISBURY [01722] 422300

AMESBURY [01980] 622992

ANDOVER [01264] 364433

OR e-mail our team using the email contact form below

Comments or questions are welcome.

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