Beach Norfolk MIAM

What is a MIAM?

If you want to make an application to court in relation to finances or your children, you will first have to see a mediator for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about mediation, how it may help to resolve your issues without the expense and time delays of going to court, and how mediation can be a much more positive and constructive way of resolving disputes.

As well as being a compulsory part of any potential court application, an initial meeting with your mediator is an essential aspect in helping you decide if mediation is for you. At Lighthouse Mediation we always see both parties individually before any joint session. This gives both of you the opportunity of meeting your mediator on your own so that you can ask any questions or share any concerns you may have.

A MIAM usually lasts about an hour and costs £120 (no VAT). We will explain the mediation process in detail and answer any questions you may have.

If your partner chooses not to attend a meeting and does not want to mediate, then we will sign the necessary paperwork to enable you to make an application to court. However, we are committed to trying to make mediation a viable option for everyone.

In particular we will

  1. Provide participants with sufficient information about mediation and other dispute resolution processes to enable them to make informed choices about how to resolve the issues they raise;
  2. Obtain information from participants about their circumstances and issues arising from separation;
  3. Assess the safety and suitability of mediation for the participants;
  4. Discuss and, where possible, identify with participants their next steps, including the value of seeking legal advice.