It is the first step in the Family Mediation process, it is a meeting with the mediator who will be working with you. At Children 1st Family Mediation, we always arrange to see both parents or other people involved in the dispute separately you won’t attend with your ex-partner.
A MIAM as it is often referred to is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and is something that you will need to attend before you can consider making an application to family Court in relation to any family matters.
What is the purpose?
The aim of the MIAM meeting is to see whether your family situation is suitable for mediation. The Mediator will tell you more about family Mediation, explore the possibility of you both mediating and tell you about the other options that may be able to resolve the problem you are facing, including going to Court.
Remember you must attend a MIAM – Family Law mediation if you are having problems any of the following:- child custody, separation and divorce before attending a MIAM meeting, save for exceptional circumstances.
The Mediator will undertake a financial assessment to find out if you are eligible to claim FREE Mediation via Legal Aid
If you eligible or your ex-partner is eligible then this meeting will be FREE for you.
If you are both willing to attend mediation after attending the MIAM, the mediator will arrange a first mediation meeting for you both to attend, this will normally be together.