What is a MIAM for Mediation?

MIAM stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. It is a type of meeting that is between you and a mediator that helps you to look at the different ways you can find a solution to some of the issues you are facing between you and your ex-partner. This kind of meeting can last up to an hour. During the meeting, the mediator discusses with both the parties the nature of their disputes and informs them whether family mediation is the best suitable way to resolve their disputes. If the parties with the disputes agree on mediation, the mediator discusses with them how many sessions they will need. He also tells them the cost they will incur during the mediation process and also informs them whether they might qualify for any legal aid to pay for mediation. To get more information about MIAM mediation, visit the Lakes family mediation offices.

What to expect at a MIAM

The primary purpose of a MIAM is to give good quality and legal information, to clients to help them make informed choices about some of the best options and ways for resolving their disputes. MIAM gives the clients an opportunity to talk about their conflicts with an impartial mediator. The mediator helps them see if their case is suitable for mediation as mentioned earlier. Some of the reasons why MIAM is essential are:

  • It is a chance for the two parties with a dispute to know the mediator well and make their assessment of whether the mediator can handle their case.
  • It is a chance to make sure that the process of mediation is appropriate for all the parties
  • It gives the parties an opportunity to calculate the possible cost of the entire process and also to see whether the participants are eligible for any Legal Aid for mediation.

Visit the Lakes Family mediation offices to get more information about what is expected at a MIAM.

Do I have to attend a MIAM?

It is not compulsory to come to a MIAM meeting not unless you want to start court proceedings. This is because you cannot agree on the arrangements for your kids or your income following your separation.

You are also not expected to attend a MIAM if any of the following situations apply to you:

  • You have tried mediation in the past four months, but then nothing has been successful. In such a case, a mediator will have to confirm this and state in his or her report that mediation is not the best method for you and your ex-partner to resolve your disputes.
  • A mediator shows in his or her report that mediation is not suitable to solve your dispute, for example, the mediator may state that there is one party between the two that is not willing to attend a MIAM.
  • You do not know the whereabouts of your husband, wife or your civil partner.
  • You and your wife, husband or civil partner both agree that there is no dispute
  • The main dispute between the two parties is money, and both parties are bankrupt.
  • You or your partner cannot access the office of a mediator because one of you has a disability. However; you need to know that if the mediator is capable of providing the appropriate facilities, then you will both be required to attend the meeting.


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