MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) sessions are the first step in the family mediation process. They are designed to provide parties with information about mediation and assess whether mediation is a suitable option for their dispute. Check out the benefits of shuttle mediation.
In this article, we will provide a comprehensive guide to MIAM sessions, including what they are, what happens during a session, and their benefits.
What are MIAM Sessions?
MIAM sessions are designed to provide parties with information about the mediation process and assess whether mediation is a suitable option for their dispute. During a MIAM session, parties meet with a trained mediator who explains the mediation process and provides information about the benefits and limitations of mediation. MIAM sessions are a mandatory requirement for most family law disputes before parties can proceed to court.
What Happens During a MIAM Session?
During a MIAM session, parties can expect the following:
- Introduction: The mediator will introduce themselves and explain their role in the process.
- Information Gathering: The mediator will gather information from each party about their dispute and assess whether mediation is a suitable option for them.
- Explanation of Mediation: The mediator will explain the mediation process, including the benefits and limitations of mediation.
- Assessment of Suitability: The mediator will assess whether mediation is a suitable option for the parties’ dispute.
- Options for Next Steps: If mediation is deemed suitable, the mediator will provide information about the next steps in the mediation process. If mediation is not suitable, the mediator will provide information about other options, such as court proceedings.
Benefits of MIAM Sessions
- Cost-Effective: MIAM sessions are a cost-effective method of resolving disputes compared to litigation, which can be time-consuming and expensive.
- Empowerment: MIAM sessions empower parties to take ownership of the dispute resolution process and work collaboratively to find a mutually acceptable agreement.
- Confidentiality: MIAM sessions are confidential, which protects parties’ privacy and allows them to freely express their concerns and interests.
- Saves Time: MIAM sessions can save time by helping parties avoid unnecessary court proceedings and reach a resolution more efficiently.
MIAM sessions are the first step in the family mediation process and are designed to provide parties with information about mediation and assess whether it is a suitable option for their dispute. MIAM sessions are a cost-effective, empowering, and confidential method of resolving disputes. If you are facing a family dispute and are considering mediation, contact Family Mediation Choice today to learn more about how we can help you resolve your dispute efficiently and effectively.