Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
You may have been told that you have to attend mediation before you can go to Court. This is not strictly correct; you do have to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (or MIAM) with a mediator. At that meeting we would explain more about how mediation works and answer any questions you have. We would then seek information from you about your situation and what you see as being the issues. This meeting is wholly confidential.
A decision can then be made as to whether those issues could better be resolved in mediation but, if, having had that discussion, you do not wish to proceed or the mediator does not believe that mediation would be appropriate for you, you do not have to attend mediation.
At Lambda Mediation, we are registered with the Family Mediation Council to conduct MIAMs and to sign your application form should you decide not to proceed with mediation or it is assessed as not appropriate for any reason.