Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings

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MIAMs

The courts recognise that parents are generally best placed to know what is in their children’s interests and are encouraging parents to work this out together, with the assistance of an accredited (FMCA) family mediator.  For the vast majority of cases, mediation represents an opportunity for you to find the solution that best fits your individual circumstances.

Before applying to court, parties will have to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) with a mediator who will explain the process and benefits of mediation in the context of your individual circumstances.  They will discuss with you whether mediation can be of benefit in your case.   They will assess you for eligibility for public funding (Legal Aid) and if you do not qualify will make you aware of the costs of mediation.

If you both agree to try mediation, an appointment will be made for you to attend together at a convenient time and place.

 

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Mediation FAQ's


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If the first meeting (MIAM) goes well and you all agree to try mediation, you will book mediation sessions. It usually takes between three and five meetings to come to agreement, depending on what you need to sort out.

The mediator will usually see you and your ex-partner together, although you should be offered the choice to see the mediator separately if you need to.

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Contact a mediator as soon as you need help sorting things out. Even if you’ve been separated for a while, or if your case has already gone to court, mediation can still help to resolve things.

You can’t usually take your case to court until you find out if mediation can help you first. If you can’t show that you’ve considered it, the judge may stop or delay proceedings until you have.

Once you’ve found a mediator, the next step is to attend a first meeting with them to find out if it’s right for you. Sometimes this is called a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

If you think you need legal advice to help you during mediation, this can be arranged at any time during the process. You might be able to get legal aid to pay for this.

If your case is not suitable for mediation you will still need to show the judge you’ve considered it by filling in the relevant court form.

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If everyone agrees to try mediation then an appointment is made for your first mediation session.

If you decide not to continue into mediation or it’s not suitable in your circumstances then the mediator will have to sign the relevant court form to show you have considered mediation. This means you can take your case to court, if that’s what you decide to do next.


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COVID-19 & Appointments – Low cost family mediation

If you are experiencing difficulties as a result of COVID-19 we maybe able to help with the cost of mediation through our National Lottery COVID Fund. Call 020 8315 7460 to discuss. 

 

We are now able to offer a limited number of face-to-face meetings at our Bromley office as well as Zoom appointments for MIAM meetings and mediations. Zoom is a video meeting App which you can download for free onto your phone/laptop or other device. Find out more here.

Mediation by video meeting is a recognised approach, approved by the FMC (Family Mediation Council). We have used Zoom for MIAM meetings for several years and we have now used it successfully to help many clients to reach agreements during the lockdown period.

We have conducted a COVID-19 risk assessment and have introduced a range of measures to protect clients who prefer to visit the office from the risks of COVID 19.

Please call on 020 8315 7460 to find out more or if would like to arrange an appointment.