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The Mediation Information & Assessment
Meeting Explained
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Unless exemptions apply, before applying to court with a Form A Ancillary Relief application, a person needs to have a first meeting with a mediator unless certain exemptions apply. This meeting is called a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

You usually attend the MIAM alone, and at the meeting the mediator will explain how mediation works and will discuss your situation. The mediator will determine whether mediation may be right for you and your family.

If at any time the mediator feels that mediation would not be beneficial or that the other party does not wish to attend mediation or that there are exemptions to mediation or that mediation has been tried but failed, the mediator can sign off your Form A application or can sign a certificate called the FM1.

Fees to attend a MIAM and any subsequent mediation sessions may vary. Mediation may be free is you qualify for legal aid.

The mistakes people make:

1) People spend úthousands on lawyer fees, with endless e-mails of 'negotiation' going backwards and forwards before even considering formal negotiation through mediation. Doing so is frequently waste of money.

2) Mediation is not cheap, most people attend mediation without even considering a mediation plan. Without one, mediation has little chance of success.

We can support you and help you prepare fully for mediation at a fraction of the cost of lawyers.

We can help explain MIAM's and help you prepare for mediation