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MIAMs

MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting)

Certificate to Make a Court Application

If you are wanting to make a court application involving family proceedings, you must attend a MIAM or Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, prior to making an application to the court. Since April 2014, it has become an essential part of that process due to the courts and Government acknowledging that mediation can be a better way of resolving disputes than litigation. In many cases, it can help to resolve disputes between family members without the need to go to court.

Please Note: We are able to conduct all of our mediation services online using video calls. We can use Zoom, Skype, Facetime and Whatsapp.

If you are having difficulties calling our mobile number, please try calling via Whatsapp.

 

At Progressive Mediation we can offer you an individual MIAM, this is a confidential, no obligation assessment meeting to consider in an informed way whether mediation could assist in your circumstances. If you decide that you don’t wish to proceed with mediation after the MIAM, we will sign the court form which validates that you have met with a mediator.

Our MIAM’s costs:

Face To Face MIAM: £40. (£55 to include the signed court form).

Online MIAM: Starts from £45.

Call Frances now on 0788 903 9393 for further information or to book your MIAM.

What is a MIAM?

Put simply this is a chance for you to meet with a mediator to discuss your specific situation to see if mediation might help you to resolve issues without going to court. However, if you see court as your only option, you will still need to show that you have attended a MIAM when you make your court application.

Our mediator will assess from your discussions and the information you give whether both or all participants will benefit from mediation and that there will be a level playing field. If there is a high conflict situation or a particularly hostile party, then it may be deemed that mediation would not be right in this situation.

How Long Does a MIAM Take?

A MIAM usually runs between 45 and 60 minutes. We can set up the MIAM at our Totnes premises or arrange an online meeting through Skype or webcam if you prefer.

Who Attends the MIAM?

Usually, we will conduct an individual MIAM with each participant separately, as it gives each person a chance to speak freely about what they want to achieve through mediation. It is also an opportunity for you to raise any concerns you may have. However, occasionally it is appropriate to attend the MIAM together as some separating couples prefer this. We are happy to do this, but we will usually ask for some separate time with each of you during the meeting. This is to make sure you have made your own decision to come along to the session and that there are no risks of harm or any safeguarding concerns for you or any of the family.

What Documents Do I Bring to my MIAM?

You do not need to bring any documentation to your MIAM unless you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid.

You may be eligible if you are on a low income, working part time, or receive Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or ESA. Please bring proof of Income.

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit you will need to bring:

  • A print out of your Universal Credit  journal showing the last payment received with your name and address on it.
  • Your National Insurance number.

For further information on the documentation you need to bring with you, please download our Legal Aid Factsheet: Download

We can assess your eligibility at the meeting.

How Do I Book a MIAM?

Call Frances now on 0788 903 9393 for further information or to book your MIAM.

I would prefer to Go to Court

We see many couples who have separated but then cannot reach agreement on the arrangements for the children. Anger and tension have arisen through lack of communication and empathy for each other. In these cases, both parties are determined they want to drag each other through the court system. We totally respect everyone’s individual preferences and opinions; however, many people don’t realise how stressful and lengthy a court battle of this nature can be.

Here is some further information on the court process for you to consider:

  • Solicitors fees will be considerably higher than that of a mediator.
  • Once you have applied for the court order (After your MIAM) CAFCASS will need to speak with you to provide information to the courts.
  • If a CAFCASS Report is required, a second hearing can take up to 3 to 6 months to be arranged.

The whole process can be extremely lengthy and very stressful for all involved and particularly hard for the children. They most likely have a limited understanding of what is going on, coupled with stressed or angry parents, results in them being very confused.

We have written extensively on this subject in our blog post on: How court proceedings can damage children of separated parents.

Can We Help?

Settling out of court and reaching agreement through mediation is a much less stressful process for all concerned. If you would like further information or advice about our MIAMs or mediation services for families please get in touch on 0788 903 9393.

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