What does it involve?
This is a meeting to provide information about mediation and other forms of dispute resolution such as collaborative law and negotiations between solicitors without Court proceedings.
We will explain the various processes with particular emphasis on the process of mediation.
You will be asked to come to our office for a meeting. At the meeting, you will be assessed as to whether mediation is suitable for your particular dispute. This includes screening for any domestic abuse or child protection issues.
Is it necessary?
The new Family Court rules now state that before an application in most family proceedings can be issued, you must attend a MIAM. There are limited exceptions to this rule.
How long does it last?
A MIAM typically takes about 45 minutes, but may take up to 60 minutes in certain cases. The meeting is usually conducted separately.
What you can tell us at the meeting
You will be asked to provide your personal details including your full name, address and that of the other person (if available) due to attend. This is to enable us invite the other person to attend.
Further, you should tell us why you have come, what your dispute is about and what issues you need to resolve.
What happens after the meeting?
After the meeting and depending on the circumstances, a FM1 form will be completed so that you can issue an application to the Court should you wish to do so or alternatively, we can offer mediation or other services such as collaborative law or negotiation between the solicitors.
How much does it cost?
Currently, we only assist clients who are not eligible for Legal Aid. The cost of a MIAM is £80 per party for 45 minutes or as a couple, it is £150. If you proceed with the actual mediation with us, we will deduct the cost of the MIAM from the cost of mediation.