If you are going through a divorce or separation and you have issues that need to be resolved on your parenting arrangements, financial agreement or property matters you will probably find yourself needing to attend a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting).
What happens in a MIAM?
MIAMs are designed to give information and help parties decide whether mediation is the most suitable option. It is not a meeting in which mediation takes place. Both parties must be offered a MIAM before any application to court can be made. In a MIAM, parties are encouraged to talk about their situation and worries, find out what mediation is and how mediation will help. The parties are provided unbiased information from a qualified family mediator and will be able to talk about what their options are, the benefits of mediation and where to go next.
The mediator will also make an assessment as to whether mediation will work. If mediation is suitable at this time, the mediator will be able to let you know what your next steps might be and will sign the appropriate forms that let the court know that you have attended mediation.
Situations where parties must attend a MIAM:
You will need to attend a MIAM if you are:
You do not need to attend a MIAM if you are looking to enforce an existing court order or if you agree on the outcome and want to get a legally binding order by consent.
MIAMS are effective online and face to face. Due to current restrictions we have moved all our meetings online to keep yourself and our employees safe.
Online mediation is a convenient way to hold your first meeting – your MIAM. Star Mediation Services offers online mediation via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp or Facetime.