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MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings)

When you, or your solicitor, makes a referral to London Family Mediation the process starts with a 'Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting'(MIAM). At this meeting your mediator will go through the process and the benefits of mediation to resolve disputes regarding parenting, property or finances following relationship breakdown. They will also discuss with you alternatives to mediation, including collaborative law and arbitration.

Since coming into force the Children and Families Act 2014, requires anyone applying to the courts for help in resolving such disputes to comply with the Pre-Application Protocol. This requires parties to attend a MIAM. Your own individual circumstances will be discussed with the mediator during this meeting and if mediation is suitable, you can decide whether to proceed or not. It is at this stage your mediator will assess whether you are eligible for public funding.

Mediators at London Family Mediation are recognised by the Family Mediation Council as qualified to carry out Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings.

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At the end of the meeting, you are free to decide whether or not to proceed with mediation. Your former partner also has the same choice. If either of you decides not to go ahead, you will be given a form FM1 (Family Mediation Assessment Form) signed by the mediator as evidence that you have considered mediation. You will require the form FM1 if you have to decide to go to court for a court order in relevant family proceedings.

Why Mediation?

Relationship breakdowns are often emotional and distressing times for you and your ex partner, and feeling bewildered and overwhelmed is common. Mediation...

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When you, or your solicitor, makes a referral to London Family Mediation the process starts with a 'Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting' (MIAM). At this meeting...

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What to Expect

If you, and your former partner, decide to go ahead with mediation you will be invited to attend a joint meeting. Mediation sessions generally last up to 90 mins...

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Family Mediation is a cost efficient and effective way of dealing with the consequences of relationship breakdown, and is supported by the Ministry of Justice...

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How it Works?

An initial assessment, also called Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Your mediator will meet with you separately to explain...

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Your mediators at London Family Mediation are able to conduct direct work with children. Mediation can help parents make arrangements for their child following...

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Court Forms

This section covers what happens should either of you decide not to go ahead with mediation and you wish to take the matter to court. Should you decide to do so...

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Your Say

"Divorce was the last thing I imagined in my life but when faced with the reality of it all, I felt very alone, confused and deeply hurt, but from the very first time..."

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College of Mediators

Family Mediation Council

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