MIAM Attendance Disclosure: When and How the Other Party is Informed

August 11, 2022

A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is an essential first step in the family mediation process. It helps individuals understand the benefits of mediation and assesses whether their case is suitable for this method of dispute resolution. One common concern among those attending a MIAM is when and how the other party involved in the dispute will be made aware of their attendance. In this comprehensive article, we will discuss the process of informing the other party about your MIAM attendance with Family Mediation Choice and explore the importance of transparency in the mediation process.


The Process of Informing the Other Party

When you attend a MIAM with Family Mediation Choice, the mediator will typically inform the other party of your attendance in the following ways:

  1. Initial contact: The mediator will reach out to the other party to invite them to attend their own MIAM. This initial contact may be made via phone, email, or letter, depending on the preferred method of communication. During this initial contact, the mediator will inform the other party that you have attended a MIAM and provide them with information about the mediation process.
  2. Form FM1: If your case proceeds to court, you will need to complete a Form FM1 to demonstrate that you have attended a MIAM. The other party will receive a copy of this form as part of the court documentation, which will confirm your MIAM attendance.

It is important to note that the specific process and timeline for informing the other party may vary depending on individual circumstances and the mediator’s approach. For the most accurate information regarding your case, it is recommended to consult with your mediator at Family Mediation Choice.

The Importance of Transparency in Mediation

Transparency is a crucial aspect of the mediation process, as it helps build trust and foster open communication between both parties. By informing the other party of your MIAM attendance, you demonstrate your commitment to finding a resolution through mediation and set the stage for a more collaborative approach to resolving your dispute. Some benefits of maintaining transparency in mediation include:

  • Building trust: Transparency helps establish trust between both parties, which is essential for effective communication and cooperation during mediation.
  • Encouraging participation: By being open about your MIAM attendance, you may encourage the other party to attend their own MIAM and consider mediation as a viable option for resolving the dispute.
  • Promoting fairness: Transparency ensures that both parties are fully informed about each other’s actions and intentions, promoting a sense of fairness and equity in the mediation process.


When you attend a MIAM with Family Mediation Choice, the mediator will typically inform the other party of your attendance during initial contact or through the submission of Form FM1 if your case proceeds to court. Maintaining transparency in mediation is essential for building trust, encouraging participation, and promoting fairness between both parties. By being open about your MIAM attendance, you can demonstrate your commitment to resolving your dispute through mediation and foster a more collaborative and trusting environment for addressing your family conflict.