What is a MIAM?
As part of the Children and Families Act 2014, separating parents must attend a mandatory Mediation, Information and Assessment (MIAM) meeting in order to learn about mediation, before they decide to go to court.
Separating parents must also attend a MIAM meeting if they are applying to court for a Child Arrangement Order.
What happens at a MIAM meeting?
At the MIAM, a trained Family Mediator will give the applicant, and the other party (should they choose to attend) information about Family Mediation and other types of non-court dispute resolution.
The Family Mediator will consider with the applicant whether non-Court dispute resolution would be the best way forward.
If the other party is not willing to attend a MIAM, this is a ground for the Family Mediator to exempt the applicant from attending a MIAM.
The Family Mediator is now required to sign the application form which the applicant will send to the Court.
If mediation is not suitable and an application is made to Court, the Court can determine that the exemption was not validly claimed and they may direct parties to attend Mediation and, if the case has already progressed to the First Hearing, may adjourn the case to enable arrangements to be made to attend Mediation.
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