Understanding the MIAM: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment Meetings in Family Mediation

August 28, 2022


Family disputes can be challenging, emotionally draining, and disruptive for everyone involved. Family Mediation Choice offers a constructive and amicable way to resolve these issues through mediation services. One crucial step in the mediation process is the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the purpose, process, and benefits of MIAMs.


What is a MIAM?

A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is a confidential, one-on-one meeting between a professional mediator and an individual involved in a family dispute. The primary purpose of a MIAM is to assess whether mediation is a suitable option for resolving the dispute at hand.

During a MIAM, the mediator will:

  • Explain the mediation process and its benefits
  • Assess the nature of the dispute
  • Determine if mediation is appropriate for the situation
  • Provide information about alternative dispute resolution options

The Importance of MIAMs

MIAMs play a vital role in family mediation for several reasons:

  • Assessing suitability: Not all disputes are suitable for mediation. A MIAM helps determine if mediation is the best course of action.
  • Educating participants: Many individuals may not be familiar with the mediation process or its benefits. A MIAM provides an opportunity to learn about mediation and make an informed decision.
  • Establishing rapport: Building trust and rapport between the mediator and participants is essential for successful mediation. A MIAM allows the mediator to understand the parties’ needs and concerns and establish a professional relationship.
  • Preventing court intervention: In most cases, attending a MIAM is a prerequisite for applying to court for a family dispute resolution. This requirement encourages parties to explore alternative dispute resolution methods before resorting to litigation.

Advantages of MIAMs

MIAMs offer several benefits for individuals seeking family mediation:

  • Cost-effective: Mediation is generally more affordable than going to court, and MIAMs help ensure that mediation is a suitable option before investing time and resources.
  • Time-efficient: Resolving disputes through mediation can be quicker than litigation. A MIAM can expedite the process by determining the suitability of mediation early on.
  • Less adversarial: MIAMs promote a collaborative approach to dispute resolution, which can lead to more amicable outcomes and preserve relationships.
  • Confidential: Information shared during a MIAM is confidential and cannot be used in court unless both parties consent.

The MIAM Process

The MIAM process consists of the following stages:

  1. Scheduling the MIAM: Contact Family Mediation Choice to arrange a convenient date and time for your MIAM.
  2. Preparing for the MIAM: Gather relevant documentation and be prepared to discuss your situation in detail.
  3. Attending the MIAM: Meet with the mediator to discuss the dispute, explore mediation options, and assess suitability.
  4. Deciding on mediation: If mediation is deemed suitable, the mediator will provide information on how to proceed. If not, they will discuss alternative dispute resolution options.


A MIAM is an essential step in the family mediation process. It provides an opportunity to assess the suitability of mediation, educate participants about the process, and establish rapport between the mediator and parties involved. By attending a MIAM, you can make an informed decision about whether mediation is the right choice for resolving your family dispute.

Family Mediation Choice is committed to helping families find amicable solutions to their disputes. Contact us today to schedule your MIAM and explore the benefits of mediation.