Information Meetings

At a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM), the mediator will listen to you and with your help, will try to work out if mediation can help you reach an agreement. The mediator can also give you advice on any other services that may be able to help you. During the meeting, you'll be able to find out more about mediation and ask any questions you may have. You can then decide what you want to do next.

Before you start court proceedings over money, property or arrangements for children, you must usually have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.

You will attend the meeting alone.

After the meetings

After the meeting, if you and the mediator feel that mediation can help you reach an agreement, you can start mediation sessions.

If you are not going to start mediation sessions, the mediator will fill in a form FM1 and give it to you. You should include this form with your application papers if you decide to go to court.

When would I not be expected to attend meetings?

The court won't expect you to have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting if:

  • The mediator shows on form FormA/C100 that mediation isn't suitable because one of you didn't want to attend a Mediation and Assessment Meeting.
  • A mediator doesn't think the case is suitable for mediation and has said so within the past four months.
  • Either of you has made an allegation of domestic violence against the other within the past 12 months and police investigations or civil proceedings were started.
  • Your dispute is about money and either of you is bankrupt.
  • You don't know where your husband, wife or civil partner is.
  • You want to apply for a court order but for specific reasons don't intend to give your husband, wife or civil partner any notice.
  • The court application is urgent because someone's life or physical safety is at risk or a child is at risk of significant harm.
  • The order is about a child who is already involved with social services because of concerns over their protection.
  • You've contacted three mediators within 15 miles of your home and are unable to get an appointment with any of them within 15 working days.