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Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
If you are finding it difficult to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse or partner about children or financial arrangements following your separation, you may be thinking about going to court. However, before you can issue any proceedings, you are required to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (often called a ‘MIAM’).
What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting?
This is a meeting between you and a mediator which is intended to help you to find a way to resolve your dispute without going to court. The mediator will explain to you what family mediation involves and how it works, and will consider with you whether mediation might be useful in your case. They will provide you with information about the costs of the process and the different options available to you.
What happens next?
If you and the mediator both consider that family mediation would be appropriate in your case, then the mediator will invite your ex to attend a similar initial meeting. If your ex is not prepared to mediate, or if mediation is not a suitable option for you, then the mediator will provide you with the form that you need to allow you to issue court proceedings, confirming that you have attended a MIAM.
How much does it cost?
FLiP charges £150 plus VAT.