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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Most people going through mediation find it helpful to have legal advice to support them. You can arrange this at any time and your mediator may also recommend you do if you are talking about things that relate to a legal issue. The mediator can give you information about local family solicitors and how to choose one. If you get legal aid for mediation, you may also get free legal advice during mediation.

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The first meeting with a mediator is often called a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Whether it’s called a MIAM or a first meeting, it will cover the same things.

The first meeting with a mediator gives you the chance to find out how mediation works. Mediators are trained to work out with you whether mediation is right for you and your family. They will also discuss how many sessions you may need, how much they would cost, and explain whether you might get legal aid to pay for mediation.

The mediator can also give you information about other services that provide help and support and the other options you might have to resolve things.

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The decisions you reach aren’t legally binding on their own. But you can ask a court to make what you’ve decided into a legally binding consent order. Your mediator can explain what this is and how you can get a consent order.

There is a cost for this court application and your mediator will be able to provide information about this. If you get legal aid you may qualify for free legal advice and help with this.


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