What is MIAM?
MIAM is short for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. MIAM simply represents the first meeting you would have with your mediator, so they can help you with arrangements regarding children and finances and to understand if 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.
The mediation process can be a cost-effective and useful practice that can help you and your family come to certain terms and agreements, in fact 85% of the time, mediation works and a resolution is reached.
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 separate or 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 MIAM our mediators will help to understand the issues both parties are facing to gain a better understanding if couples require further mediation. The assessment is a private meeting and should both parties agree to mediation, you can go ahead and arrange the first mediation session.
When attending mediation, it should be a time to take the opportunity to think about what is best for yourself and your children. Our mediators are here to assist you through the process and help both parties come to an amicable solution. 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.
If you would like to find out more about the mediation process, visit our Family Mediation or Divorce Mediation service pages for more details, FAQ’s and further contact details. Alternatively you can contact our mediation specialists at one of our five offices at Mansfield (01623 706020), Nottingham (0115 7043388), Derby (01332 372311), Chesterfield (01246 386322) and Matlock (01246 386322). You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.