Understanding the Confidentiality and Privacy of MIAMs in Family Mediation – Family Mediation Choice

August 23, 2022

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) are an important part of the family mediation process. They provide individuals with information about the mediation process and help to assess whether mediation is the right choice for their situation. However, many people have concerns about the confidentiality and privacy of MIAMs. Here is everything you need to know about the confidentiality and privacy of MIAMs in family mediation with Family Mediation Choice.

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What Is a MIAM and How Does it Work?

A MIAM is an initial meeting between the mediator and each party involved in a dispute or separation. During the meeting, the mediator will explain the mediation process and assess whether mediation is appropriate for your case. If both parties agree to proceed with mediation, subsequent joint sessions will be scheduled with the mediator.

Confidentiality During MIAMs: MIAMs are confidential meetings between the mediator and each party. This means that anything discussed during the meeting, including any documents provided, will be kept confidential between the mediator and the parties involved. The only exception to this confidentiality is if there is evidence of harm to a child or vulnerable adult.

Privacy During MIAMs: Similarly, MIAMs are private meetings, which means that the details of the meeting will not be shared with anyone outside of the mediation process. This includes family members, friends, or legal representatives unless both parties agree to share information.

Advantages of Confidentiality and Privacy in MIAMs

There are several advantages to the confidentiality and privacy of MIAMs. Firstly, it allows individuals to speak freely and openly about their situation without fear of judgement or repercussions. This can help to create a safe space for parties to find common ground and work towards a resolution. Secondly, privacy ensures that sensitive information is not shared with anyone who doesn’t need to know, which can help to preserve relationships and prevent further conflict.

Working with Family Mediation Choice

Family Mediation Choice is committed to protecting the confidentiality and privacy of all parties involved in the mediation process. Our skilled mediators uphold strict ethical standards and adhere to the guidelines set out by the Family Mediation Council.


In closure, MIAMs are an important part of the family mediation process and are kept confidential and private to protect the parties involved. By working with Family Mediation Choice, you can be assured that your privacy and confidentiality will be respected throughout the mediation process.