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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Family mediators are there to help you to reach decisions about things that are important for you and your family. They can help you to find a way to plan for the future and to agree what will work best for you without having to go to court. That can save you time, money and stress.

Mediation provides you with the space and time to think about what is most important for your children and for the whole family. You can work out how arrangements for your children will work best and think about what is going to be important for your children as they grow up.

Regardless of whether you are a parent or not, mediation can help you deal with your money, the options you may have about where you will live, and planning your future finances.

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All mediators are trained to help parents to think about the ways they can support their children. They can also provide information about how children can be supported when parents separate.

Some mediators are also qualified to see children and young people separately as part of a parental mediation process.

The Family Mediation Council’s Code of Practice requires that all children and young people aged 10 and above should be offered the opportunity to have their voices heard directly during the Mediation, if they wish. Your mediator will explain exactly how this might work and whether it is appropriate when you meet to consider offering your children the opportunity of consulting directly with a mediator.

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There are a number of ways of dealing with family matters without having to make an application to court.

  • A divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership can only be granted by a court but this can be done without actually going to a hearing at court.
  • For many people, sorting out arrangements for children and agreeing how to split property and finances can be done without involving a court at all.

If you can’t work things out between you or have a family dispute, you will be expected to try to sort it out using mediation before going to court.


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