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Understanding MIAMs: What Are They and How Long Do They Take to Complete?

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.

What is a MIAM?

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.

How long does a MIAM take?

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.

Advantages of MIAMs
  • Provides you with important information about mediation and other options available to you
  • Helps you to decide if mediation is the right option for your situation
  • Gives you an opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have
  • Saves time and money compared to going to court
  • Allows you to have more control over the outcome of your dispute
  • Encourages communication and collaboration between parties
  • Reduces stress and conflict, especially for children

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.

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