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 required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting, or ‘MIAM’ for short. The aim is to see if mediation could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going straight to court.
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, which usually lasts around 45 minutes, can be between the mediator and just you, or with your ex-partner too.
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.
Download a leaflet (PDF) explaining more about the MIAM process.