Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
If you are in dispute with your ex, or are having difficulties settling your separation, you may be thinking about court proceedings.
But before an application can be made to court, you are now required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The aim of the meeting is to see if mediation could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going straight to court.
Courts are required to know that mediation has been considered before they are able to proceed with your application.
What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting?
The MIAM is a meeting between you and a mediator to find out if there are alternative ways to find solutions to your problems.
The mediator will explain to you:
• what your options might be
• what mediation is, and how it works
• the benefits of mediation and other appropriate forms of resolving disputes
• the likely costs of using mediation
• if you are eligible for free mediation and Legal Aid.
The meeting can be between the mediator and just you, or with your ex-partner too.
How long is the meeting?
The meeting usually lasts around 45 minutes.
How much will it cost?
You may be eligible for Legal Aid to cover the cost. But if not, your local service will be able to advise you of their charges. We provide a range of flexible packages and payment terms.
What happens after the meeting?
The mediator will be able to tell you if your case is suitable for mediation. If it is, he or she will advise you of the next steps.
What happens if mediation does not go ahead?
If, after your MIAM, it’s considered that mediation is not suitable in your case, the mediator will supply you with a form. Signed by a certified mediator, this form confirms that you have attended a MIAM. A court will then allow you to issue proceedings.
For more information or to make an appointment contact National Family Mediation:
National Family Mediation (NFM) offers high-quality family mediation and support services to all families affected by relationship breakdown, divorce or separation in England and Wales.
NFM mediators are carefully selected and trained to the highest standards. They will help you to reach joint decisions about all the issues associated with your separation. We also provide specialist services for children.
National Family Mediation (NFM) services charge £25-£100 for a MIAM, depending on geographical locality, which may include the fee for the completed form. This meeting also includes the means assessment to check whether you will be eligible for Legal Aid, determining whether your mediation will be free or not. Mediation sessions which follow the initial MIAM are charged at a sliding scale according to income, but start at around £80 per session, and usually last up to 1½ hours.
All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.