An initial meeting with a Mediator is called a MIAM. This stands for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. At the MIAM there will be a discussion on whether Mediation is suitable for the matter at all. Information will be given on the availability of Legal Aid. The number of sessions that might be needed will be assessed. Costs will be given.
In the majority of cases there is a requirement to go to a MIAM if you wish to take a matter to Court. Meetings can be held with both parties together or they can be held separately. This is a matter of choice. In any event the Mediator must see each party separately to make sure that they are not at risk of harm or abuse from the other party. The Mediator must also check that those attending are doing so of their own free will. At the end of the meeting then if there is an agreement to continue a first Mediation Session will be arranged. If for any reason there is an agreement not to continue then the Mediator will sign the appropriate form for the matter to go to Court.
We act for Divorce and Mediation clients in all surrounding towns including Heanor, Ripley, Stapleford, Long Eaton, Chesterfield and Sandiacre. We provide Free Advice.