A MIAM or Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting is your first step towards resolving your dispute.
It is an opportunity for your Family Mediator to understand the problems and help review the options available to you. It normally takes between 45 minutes to an hour and many clients choose the online meeting because it can normally be scheduled within few hours of your enquiry. If you prefer a face-to-face meeting, appointments are usually available within 36 hours and sometimes the same day.
A MIAM is an individual meeting between you and your Family Mediator. It is a confidential discussion about the situation you find yourself in. During the MIAM, your Family Mediator will explain to the mediation process and answer all your questions. They will help you to consider your next steps.
If your Ex is willing to mediate, he or she will also be invited to attend a MIAM. This allows the Family Mediator to understand any disputes or disagreement from both sides and gain more of a balance.
Attending a MIAM is voluntary.
A MIAM or Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting is an individual meeting between you and your mediator. You must attend a MIAM if you plan to get divorced and you have children between you and your ex-partner and if you own property, investments and other financial interests. You will be required to show evidence to a court that you have attempted to mediate even if this is unsuccessful. If this is the case, your mediator will issue a C100 form (For more information Click Here) for you to complete. Your mediator will sign the form, if your ex-partner refuses to mediate and this will be submitted to the court.
Who should attend a MIAM?
It is likely, you and your ex-partner will have a separate MIAM, especially if you know there will be disagreement over your proposals for a settlement. Although, it is possible to have a Joint MIAM. A joint MIAM works best when both parties are amicable and have an agreement in principle for their settlement. In fact, where this is the case, you can expect to complete your mediation very quickly and therefore also keep costs to a minimum.
What Happens at MIAM?
During the MIAM, your mediator will want to gather information about your separation and what you would like to achieve from a settlement. If you have children with your ex-partner, then the courts demand that you seek mediation as you will need to file a Child Arrangement Order. You can find out more about Child Arrangement Order – Click Here). At the meeting, you will find out what information you will need to provide to enable your mediator to prepare any documents ready to present to a solicitor or for completing court forms.
A MIAM normally lasts approximately 1 hour. The Family Mediation & Counselling Service offers evening and weekend appointments as well as daytime options.
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