MIAM - what is it?
What on earth is a MIAM?
In April 2011, Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) Cheshire were introduced. Since that time, there has been much confusion about what MIAMs really are as well as when MIAMs should be undertaken.
To provide you with some background, for many years, mediators have offered specific intake meetings to any person who is looking for a mediation process for discussing a client’s situation as well as the an open space in which conflict can be resolved in a confidential environment.
In April 2011, as the government formally introduced MIAMs Cheshire, it brought up the concept of mediation being the best possible practice for any person, to first attend a MIAM, who considers making a court application to family law courts.
In April 2014, in yet another remarkable move, the government brought in legislation, making it compulsory for almost all family law court applicants to attend a MIAM along with a mediator before they start the court process Cheshire. It may not be compulsory in case of a valid exception, such as serious domestic violence or an urgent requirement to make a court application.
This all resulted in the practice that anyone who considers making a contested court application to the family law courts, for instance, with reference to children’s living arrangements or for finances following separation or divorce, now requires to attend a MIAM Cheshire.
Also, there is no obligation of attending a MIAM Cheshire for a person who is simply filing to get a divorce or who is trying a resolution for matters amongst themselves or through solicitors and wont need to go to court. Often, there will be numerous benefits for both the parties attending a MIAM.
This is especially true for cases where there are assets like pensions or house, or children’s arrangements up for consideration. Apart from providing the client with a chance of making sure that they are aware of every option that is open to them, MIAM Cheshire could end up with much savings for both the parties with respect to time, money, and angst. It also helps them in moving forward with their lives in the best possible positive manner.
During the process of MIAM, the UK Family mediator Cheshire must cover the different options that are open to the client. This ranges from the client going on with a court application to discussing the right way to contact the other party with the aim to explore the possibility to start the joint mediation process.
For more information check out our Beginners guide on all things Mediation and feel free to contact our team today.
There are numerous cases of successful Family Mediation in Cheshire.