Mansfield: 01623 706020
Nottingham: 0115 7043388
Chesterfield: 01246 386322


Our Mediators understand and appreciate the deterioration and breakdown in a relationship is a challenging, anxious, and distressing time for all concerned.

You will receive expert impartial support from our trained Mediators to help you address and resolve the issues which are important to you.

Free initial telephone information

Our Family Mediation team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide a free initial telephone “Options Appointment” to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call your preferred office below for a no obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

What is a MIAM?

MIAM is short for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and represents the first meeting you would have with your mediator. This is to discuss arrangements regarding children and finances and to understand whether on-going mediation is the right option for you and your family.

During your Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, your mediator will advise on information and services that can support you and your family whilst you resolve any disputes.

Do you need to attend mediation before court?

Yes. Attending a MIAM is in fact a requirement should you wish to take your case to court. Both parties involved are expected to attend a MIAM however, you can attend separately, or in joint meetings.

The court will want to know that you have attended mediation before attending court proceedings, if you have not, then your case may be put on hold until each party has attended mediation.

What’s involved in the Mediation meeting?

During a MIAM our mediators will help both parties discuss the issues they are facing, gaining a better understanding as to whether further mediation is required.

Attending mediation is an opportunity for you to think about what is the best solution for you and your children. Our mediators are here to assist you through the process and help both parties come to an amicable agreement.

Although we cannot make decisions for you, we can help guide you, and answer any questions you have during the process.

What is an FM1 form?

The FM1 form is a technical part of the divorce process and should be presented during a MIAM so that your mediator can provide evidence in section 1 of the FM1 form that you have completed a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.

If a MIAM has not been completed, mediators will fill in part 2 of the FM1 form which may include a reason for why a MIAM was not attended. This could include reasons such as: the mediator has concluded that this particular case is unsuitable for mediation, or that one of the other party wishes not to attend an assessment meeting, and therefore the mediation process cannot continue effectively.

How we can help

Our specially trained team of Family Mediators are able to provide impartial support during what may be a difficult and distressing time.

The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. Our team members all have experience of helping people at difficult times in their lives and we are committed to delivering to you a professional and confidential service.


Our specially trained mediators are able to provide impartial support across the country, using remote platforms.

In addition we have a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to make contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call or email you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

“Thanks so much for my appointment today. You really put me at ease. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with the Skype call. It was so easy to set up and so quick.Thank you again for all your support”

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