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If you are in dispute with your ex, or are having difficulties settling your separation, you may be thinking about court proceedings, and may have heard you need to attend a MIAM.

MIAM stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, and is sometimes known as a MIAM meeting, or MIAM programme.

Before an application can be made to court, you are required to attend a MIAM. The aim of a MIAM is to see if mediation could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going 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.

In the MIAM 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 MIAM can be between the mediator and just you, or with your ex-partner too.

To read more about a MIAM programme use this link

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