If you would like to bring a friend or relative to the MIAM, then you may do so, provided they understand this is your opportunity to talk freely to the mediator and they are there to listen only. It would not be a good idea to bring anyone who you did not wish to know the details of the separation for instance.
Once we move to mediation meetings, third parties are not allowed except in exceptional circumstances and by agreement with both parties. If you think you might want to bring someone, please let the mediator know when making the appointment.
If you would like to bring your solicitor, this is possible and may be helpful but again, please discuss this with the mediator first.