It is now a requirement that you should attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before proceedings are issued.
This is a meeting to review your circumstances, eligibility and suitability for mediation, including domestic violence screening. It is an opportunity for you to find out about the benefits of mediation compared to contested court proceedings. We offer MIAMs at our firm.
If parties are happy to proceed after the MIAM, we can offer further mediation appointments. This would allow family issues to be discussed between you and your partner in a safe environment, with a mediator present to help you both agree on the areas in which mediation is required and how mediation can assist you.
Some clients who embrace the mediation process can settle on a single issue within 1-3 sessions. Some take fewer sessions but others may take more. Please note that we do not cover Publicly Funded (Legal Aid) mediation.