Family Law Solicitors dealing MIAMs (Mediation and Information Assessment Meetings)
From 22nd April 2014, prior to issuing an application to court to resolve financial and/or children issues following the breakdown in your relationship, you will be required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The aim of the meeting is to see if mediation or any other dispute resolution models could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going straight to court.
What is a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting?
The MIAM is a 30-45 minute meeting between you (and possibly your ex-partner too depending on the circumstances) and a mediator to find out if there are alternative ways to court to find solutions to your problems.
The mediator will explain to you:
- What mediation is and how it works
- The benefits of mediation and other appropriate forms of resolving disputes such as the collaborative process and arbitration
- The likely costs of mediation and other dispute resolution models including legal fees for court
- If you are eligible for free mediation and Legal Aid.
What happens after the MIAM?
If, after your MIAM, mediation is deemed suitable we will explain the next steps in setting up the first appointment with your ex partner. If it’s considered that mediation is not suitable in your case, the mediator will supply you with a form called an FM1 relevant to your particular court application to enable you to issue proceedings.
How much will it cost?
You may be eligible for Legal Aid to cover the cost. But if not, we charge £100 plus VAT for the MIAM and £30 including VAT to sign the relevant FM1 form.
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