If you’re going through a separation or divorce, mediation can help you and your ex-partner to reach agreements on issues like finances, property, and child arrangements. But before you can start the mediation process, you’ll need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). In this article, we’ll explore what you can expect from your MIAM appointment with Family Mediation Choice.
What Is a MIAM?
A MIAM is a meeting between you and a mediator that’s designed to give you information about the mediation process and help you decide whether it’s the right approach for you. During the meeting, the mediator will also assess whether your case is suitable for mediation.
What Will Happen During My MIAM Appointment?
When you attend your MIAM appointment with Family Mediation Choice, you’ll meet with an experienced mediator who will explain the mediation process to you and answer any questions you may have. The mediator will also ask you questions about your situation, such as:
- What issues do you need to resolve?
- Have you tried to resolve these issues in other ways?
- Do you have any concerns about your safety or the safety of your children?
The mediator will use this information to assess whether your case is suitable for mediation. If mediation is not appropriate, the mediator will explain why and provide you with information about other options, such as court proceedings.
If mediation is suitable for your case, the mediator will explain the next steps and provide you with a referral to a mediation session. This session will involve you, your ex-partner, and the mediator, and will focus on helping you to reach agreements on the issues you need to resolve.
Will I Need to Go to More Than One MIAM Appointment?
In most cases, you will only need to attend one MIAM appointment. However, if you and your ex-partner are unable to agree to mediation, or if your case is particularly complex, you may need to attend more than one MIAM appointment.
Advantages of Attending a MIAM Appointment with Family Mediation Choice
- You’ll gain a better understanding of the mediation process and whether it’s right for you.
- You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.
- You’ll receive a referral to a mediation session if your case is suitable.
- Mediation is usually quicker and less expensive than court proceedings.
- Mediation can help you to maintain a positive relationship with your ex-partner, which can be particularly important if you have children together.
Attending a MIAM appointment with Family Mediation Choice is an important first step if you’re considering mediation. During your appointment, you’ll gain a better understanding of the process and whether it’s right for you, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have. If mediation is suitable for your case, you’ll receive a referral to a mediation session, where you’ll have the chance to work with your ex-partner and a mediator to reach agreements on the issues you need to resolve.