Information to consider when receiving an invitation for a
Mediation Information Assessment Meeting

You have received a letter from us telling you that you have been invited to a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a Family Mediator.

First we need to look at what the purpose of a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting is.

  1. To gain an understanding of your situation and your concerns if you have any;
  2. To explain the family mediation process and other processes applicable;
  3. To explore whether mediation is suitable;
  4. To consider your options.

To read more about Mediation Information Assessment Meetings click here.

The reason we are inviting you to a mediation information assessment meeting is so that we can provide you with the relevant information and so that the mediation process remains fair. We feel it is better for you to find out all of the information now and be able to make informed decisions. The mediator also needs to record whether or not you were invited to mediation and, if not, why.

We do not pressure you to attend this meeting. However, if an application to court is made, the court will ask if you have considered a non-court approach and, if not, why not. You may have to file a statement that tells the court and the other person what you have considered and why. If the court thinks you haven’t given a good enough reason for not considering non-court options, it could make a cost order against you.

Click here for the list of exemptions where it is not expected for you to attend a MIAM.

Our Mediation Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) occur via telephone or video call unless agreed otherwise with the mediator.

A Mediation Information Assessment Meeting is confidential, meaning we do not share information with anybody else unless there is a risk of harm.

As mediators, we do not give you legal advice. We are specialists and can provide lots of information including legal, divorce, separation, co-parenting, better communication or financial arrangements and the like. The family mediator can also provide relevant signposting to services and agencies that would help you in your situation during your MIAM. These can include free legal advice and emotional support.

Having a MIAM before you use the courts to try and resolve your differences is compulsory however, attending mediation is not.

People often ask us if they need to prepare anything for their first appointment. We do not need anything other than yourself.

Legal Aid

We offer MIAMs and Mediation funded by Legal Aid for those on a low income or claiming certain benefits, for example, Universal Credit.

Voucher Scheme

We are part of the Ministry of Justice voucher scheme where you can have up to £500 towards the cost of mediation. Please check with the service to see if you are eligible.

Is mediation suitable for everyone?

If you and the other person decide to come to mediation all of your conversations will be open and transparent; your mediator will not be able to keep anything confidential from the other person unless you have specifically agreed any exceptions to that. The first individual appointment (MIAM) is confidential. This session is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions or to express any doubts  or  concerns  you  may  have. If  there has been any form of abuse in your relationship, or if you are worried about the welfare of your children, it would be a good time to talk about this.

We can offer mediation by shuttle, where each person is in a different ‘room’. We can discuss how we can keep you as safe as possible.

Eligibility for MIAM Certificates

The courts require attendance of a MIAM before a party can gain a MIAM Certificate. As soon as the client requests the certificate we are duty bound to provide it.

A MIAM Certificate can be provided for a variety of reasons including no response from the invited party, safeguarding and domestic abuse concerns, decline to mediate from the invited party, no contact information for the invited party, or party 1 may not wish to continue with the process. There are many more reasons why someone can claim a MIAM Certificate these are just a few examples.

Any party can request a MIAM Certificate once they have attended a MIAM and can request at any point during the process.

If you receive this letter via the post and wish to have an electronic version please contact the office. You will be able to click the links with the electronic version.

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