MIAM Mediation Information Assessment

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM)

The Courts recognise that parents are generally best placed to know what is in their children's interests and encourage parents to work this out together, with the assistance of a qualified mediator where appropriate. They, and we, acknowledge that mediation is not suitable in every case but for the vast majority it represents an opportunity for you to find the solution that best fits your individual circumstances.

Since April 2011, those applying to the Courts for assistance in resolving a dispute about parenting or finances following relationship breakdown have to comply with the Pre-Application Protocol by attending a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting to learn about mediation.

More information about the Pre-Application Protocol can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

This meeting is an Introductory meeting. At the meeting the mediator will explain the mediation process in the context of your particular circumstances and decide with you whether mediation could be of benefit. They will also assess your eligibility for public funding (free mediation) If you do not qualify will explain the costs of mediation.

Beyond the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting stage, a joint mediation meeting will only take place if both of you and the mediator consider it is appropriate. No-one can force you to mediate as mediation itself is a voluntary process. If you both agree to try mediation an appointment will be made for you to attend together at a convenient time and place. 

When you have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) you may request the relevant page from the form which shows the court that you have considered mediation. If you recently attended a MIAM with us, did not ask for C100 or Form A but now need one, please contact us. We may still be able to provide the form providing your meeting was in the last four months. 

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