MIAM - Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting
The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced wholesale changes to the practice of family law and came into force on 22 April 2014. The family court now expects that where a dispute arises between separated parents and/or families about arrangements concerning their children or the division of family assets that they attend a MIAM prior to starting proceedings at court (there are a few exceptions).
The aim is to try to facilitate and encourage the resolution of disputes outside of the court system which can be costly both emotionally and financially.
What can I expect from a MIAM?
information on alternatives to court and the cost of those alternatives
What are the benefits of a MIAM?
Knowledge - even if you decide that going to court is the only option for you then your eyes are open your alternatives
If mediation or another form of settling your issues is appropriate for you then you can begin considering how the process can be adapted to suit your unique circumstances
A MIAM can be held separately or together with your spouse/partner.