MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings)
When you, or your solicitor, makes a referral to London Family Mediation the process starts with a ‘Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting'(MIAM). At this meeting your mediator will go through the process and the benefits of mediation to resolve disputes regarding parenting, property or finances following relationship breakdown. They will also discuss with you alternatives to mediation, including collaborative law and arbitration.
Since coming into force the Children and Families Act 2014, requires anyone applying to the courts for help in resolving such disputes to comply with the Pre-Application Protocol. This requires parties to attend a MIAM. Your own individual circumstances will be discussed with the mediator during this meeting and if mediation is suitable, you can decide whether to proceed or not. It is at this stage your mediator will assess whether you are eligible for public funding.
Mediators at London Family Mediation are recognised by the Family Mediation Council as qualified to carry out Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings.
If you are considering making an appointment to see a mediator, you may contact us on:
Stewart Thomson: 07534 179 364
At the end of the meeting, you are free to decide whether or not to proceed with mediation. Your former partner also has the same choice. If either of you decides not to go ahead, you will be given a form FM1 (Family Mediation Assessment Form) signed by the mediator as evidence that you have considered mediation. You will require the form FM1 if you have to decide to go to court for a court order in relevant family proceedings.