What Happens at Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM)?
This meeting can take place either individually or together
At this meeting the Mediator will:
- Work out whether Mediation is suitable. It may not be suitable if there are domestic violence issues.
- Explain what will happen in the Mediation
- Point out alternative methods of dispute resolution such as Collaborative Law
- Find out if both parties are agreeable to Mediate
- Establish if either or both of you pass the means test for legal aid which would result in free Mediation*
- If Mediation is suitable and you both wish to proceed you will be given an Agreement to Mediate to sign bring with you to the first Mediation appointment
If only one of you is eligible for legal aid both of you will be eligible for free Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. We do not offer legal aid for Mediation and therefore you would need to attend an alternative Mediator who is able to offer this service. We only offer privately funded Mediation. Frequently, if one party qualifies for legal aid, the other party will pay for both in order to ensure our mediators deal with their matter.