Are you considering mediation as a way to resolve your family disputes? If so, you may have heard the term “MIAM” mentioned. But what exactly are MIAMs, and how long do they take to complete? In this comprehensive article, we’ll answer these questions and more, so you can approach your mediation journey with confidence.
MIAM stands for “Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.” It is the first step in the mediation process and a legal requirement for most people who wish to apply to court regarding family matters, such as divorce or child arrangements.
During a MIAM, a qualified mediator will meet with you to provide information about mediation and assess whether it’s a suitable option for your situation. The mediator will explain how mediation works, its benefits, and its limitations. They’ll also discuss any other options available to you, such as arbitration or going to court.
A MIAM usually takes around one to two hours to complete. However, the exact length may vary depending on various factors, such as the complexity of your case and the number of issues to be discussed.
If you decide to proceed with mediation, you will need to attend further sessions, which can range from one to several meetings. The length of these sessions will depend on the issues you need to discuss and the progress you make.
MIAMs are a crucial first step for anyone considering mediation to resolve their family disputes. By attending a MIAM, you can gain valuable information, assess whether mediation is suitable for your situation, and make an informed decision about how to proceed.
If you’re based in Tewkesbury or the surrounding areas, Family Mediation Choice can provide expert guidance and support throughout your mediation journey. Contact us today to learn more.