Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator assists you with working out arrangements for children and/or finances following separation.

What is a Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting?

  1. What do we do?
  2. Where do we go?
  3. What about our children?

These are immediate and important questions for many separating couples. A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting provides an opportunity to ask them and get the answers which will enable you to make informed decisions about how you want to move forward. For families going through the process of separation and divorce, it can be a very effective first port of call for information about children, divorce and finances, physical, mental and emotional well-being, other relevant services and resources as well as getting legal advice.

What is a MIAM?
MIAM stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. During the MIAM your mediator will talk through with you the options you have available for resolving things out of court, including mediation, and the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options with you. The meeting is confidential and will help you consider whether your issues can be resolved without going to court.

Which Mediators can help with a MIAM?
The mediator must be accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMC).

Do I have to attend a MIAM?
You will have to go to a MIAM before making any application to court unless one of the exemptions applies to you. These include:

  • Domestic Violence (you will need to meet certain criteria)
  • Child protection concerns
  • Urgency
  • Previous attendance at a MIAM or MIAM exemption.

Who goes to a MIAM?
Most couples decide to have separate meetings. This means you can each speak to the mediator separately and freely about your hopes and fears, and the mediator can make sure you are comfortable with the process.

If you would like assistance or further information, please contact a member of the team.

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