Going to Court: Attending a Mediation Information Meeting

  • Anyone who wants to issue family court proceedings, whether regarding children’s arrangements or property and finance, is expected first to have a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator
  • This was introduced because the courts believe it is better for people to reach their own agreements rather than trying to resolve matters through the court process, if at all possible
  • If mediation is not suitable for your circumstances or the other party does not want to attend, we can 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
  • A MIAM is an initial meeting between you and a mediator lasting up to 45 minutes
  • The fee for a MIAM is £90 payable at the time of booking unless up to date evidence of eligibility for a free session has been sent in
  • 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
    • Assess if you are eligible for legal aid
    • You can 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
  • Your former partner will also be invited to attend a Mediation Information Meeting (MIAM)
  • The MIAM can be held separately or jointly, during the meeting the mediator will give you information and ask you what issues you want to resolve
  • If you are seen jointly you will still have some separate time with the mediator
  • You can then decide, along with the mediator, if mediation is the right way forward for you
  • Mediation can take place over one or several sessions depending on the issues
  • The mediator must be satisfied that mediation would be suitable and that it would be a safe environment for you
  • Although mediation works really well for many people, there are some circumstances where it would not be appropriate, for example where there is significant domestic violence  or someone refuses to disclose their financial information