Mediation and MIAM: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding the Process | Family Mediation Choice

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps couples work through their issues and come to an agreement that works for both parties. Mediation can be used to address a wide range of issues, including child custody, financial matters, and property division. But before you can start mediation, you’ll need to attend a MIAM, or Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.

What is a MIAM?

A MIAM is a meeting where you’ll learn more about mediation and whether it’s right for you. During the meeting, a mediator will explain the mediation process, discuss the benefits of mediation, and answer any questions you may have. The mediator will also assess whether mediation is suitable for your situation.

Advantages of Mediation:

  • Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to court proceedings.
  • It is a confidential process, so your personal information will not be shared with anyone outside of the mediation process.
  • You have more control over the outcome of the mediation process than you would if you went to court.
  • Mediation is faster than court proceedings, as you can typically reach an agreement in just a few sessions.

What to Expect During the Mediation Process:

During the mediation process, you and your ex-partner will work with a mediator to come to an agreement that works for both parties. The mediator will help guide the conversation and keep it focused on finding a solution that works for everyone involved. Once an agreement has been reached, it will be put in writing and signed by both parties.


If you’re considering mediation or a MIAM, it’s important to work with an experienced and professional mediator. Family Mediation Choice offers a range of mediation services that can help you through this challenging time. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reach a peaceful and amicable resolution.