MIAM Mediation Information Assessment

The way your mediation enquiry will be handled has changed. OFM office staff will no longer take new referrals, which should now be sent directly to the mediators listed below.

OFM will continue to work with all existing clients through our office in Witney until June.

Oxfordshire Family Mediation is a charity that will soon cease to operate. However, its team of experienced mediators will continue to provide family mediation on an independent basis. The mediators can be contacted directly to discuss and make arrangements for mediation with you.

For enquiries, please contact:

For Oxford- Kerry Williamson, Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant

Email: kwmediationoxford@gmail.com;
Website: https://www.kwmediation.org
Tel: 07532 308046

Roger Cullen, Family Mediator

Email: roger.cullenfamilymediator@myphone.coop;
Tel: 07854 279638

For Banbury and Bicester- Jenny Harris, Family Mediator

Email: northoxfordshiremediation@gmail.com;
Tel: 07773 749998

For Witney & Kidlington Jane Hedges, Family Mediator

Email: janehedgesfamilymediation@gmail.com;
Tel: 07557 112163

For Didcot Berkshire Family Mediation

Email: info@berksfm.co.uk;
Tel: 01189 571159

Mediation is a very important part of reducing conflict during divorce and separation and in helping those affected to reach fair solutions. If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid, please let the mediator know when you make contact to find out about your options.

We will do all we can to ensure that you will continue to be satisfied with the mediation service we provide during this transition period.

If you are already part of an ‘open file’ and have any concerns please feel free to email admin@ofm.org.uk or call on 08448476658 or 01993 708 546.

Our Children’s Voice service is to continue for now and so we still welcome applications and referrals.

Local Family Mediators can also be found at https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/find-local-mediator or via National Family Mediation on http://www.nfm.org.uk.

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. 

There is no additional charge for sending this document. Additional copies may incur a fee.