Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting
Swain & Co family mediation service offers mediation information and assessment meetings to people in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey
What is a MIAM?
On 22 April 2014, the rules concerning applications to the Family Courts were altered.
It is a requirement that anyone wishing to make an application to the court to resolve children or financial issues arising from divorce or separation must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, or MIAM, except in limited circumstances.
Swain & Co Family Mediation Service mediators are authorised to carry out MIAMs.
What happens during a MIAM?
During your Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, or MIAM, our Mediators will discuss the process of mediation with you and how it could assist you in resolving the dispute without involving court. We will also assess whether you are eligible for legal aid.
Our Mediator will also discuss with you the other options that exist to resolve family disputes, such as Collaborative law or Solicitor negotiation, and can point you in the right direction.
Is Mediation compulsory?
No, family mediation is not compulsory, but if you wish to make an application to the court for children or financial issues you will need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
On completion of the MIAM you can choose to attempt mediation, at which point we will contact your ex-partner to see if they are also willing. If they are, get your first mediation session booked.
Who is not expected to attend a MIAM?
MIAMs are not required in:
- Cases where there has been a history of intimidation or domestic violence in the relationship (Specific evidence required and time scales apply)
- Cases where there is a dispute about money and either of the parties is bankrupt
- Cases where spouse or former partner cannot be traced
- Cases where all mediators have been contacted within a 15 mile radius and it’s not possible to get an appointment with any of them within 15 working days
- Cases where there are child protection concerns (Specific evidence required)
- Cases where one of the party are applying to the court without notice
- Cases involving emergency injunctions