Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM)
The meeting is arranged to provide information about alternatives to Court when parties are trying to resolve conflict. These will include Mediation, Round-Table meetings with Solicitors and the availability of other services such as counselling and support networks. Ivana will assess whether mediation is suitable to enable you and your former spouse/partner to resolve the difficulties between you. The Mediator will explain what mediation is and how it works, will discuss the options and, if mediation is suitable, will arrange further appointments for you and your former spouse/partner to attend and enter into the mediation process.
If Ivana assesses that mediation is not suitable and you or your former spouse/partner decide to pursue a Court Application, then the Court will require a form to be completed within your application to the Court to confirm that a MIAM has been attended and the Court may refuse to allow any Court application to proceed until that form is handed in. Ivana will be able to provide you with the relevant form after you have completed the process.
Either before or during Family Court Proceedings the Court will expect both parties to consider alternative ways to resolve their dispute by attending at a MIAM. In exceptional circumstances attendance at a MIAM will not be required and common examples would be where there are issues of domestic violence, child protection issues concerning a child of the family or where there is a need for an urgent Application to the Court. Please see the examples of exemptions provided on the C100 form and Form A accordingly.
If you feel that the mediation process may be the right one for you but are unsure then a MIAM will provide you with an understanding of what is involved and also enable enquiries to be made of the other person about their willingness to enter into Mediation, if that is appropriate.
Ivana Radovic, Solicitor at Gotelee Solicitors is able to provide Information and Assessment Meetings, at our Ipswich office for separating couples in the Suffolk and North Essex. Our offices have client parking without charge in the centre of Ipswich. Ivana can also undertake mediation for couples who have decided to resolve their disputes through mediation rather than through Court Proceedings. Gotelee does not offer public funding (formerly legal aid) for mediation and/or MIAMs. The charge for providing a MIAM is £90 plus VAT for one person. Please contact Ivana on 01473 298158 or email [email protected]
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