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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