Family Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process, that enables those who are separated or divorcing to work with a family mediator who acts impartial, to help them to make their own informed decisions regarding their future finances and or arrangements for their children.
If you are considering your options, Mediation can result in quicker outcomes with less expense, and, most importantly, you can still feel part of that decision making process.
Mediation is an alternative to issuing Court proceedings. Should Court become necessary or, if you chose not to mediate and apply to Court to deal with future ownership of a family home, pensions or other assets, and or, to deal with what people refer to as ‘child custody’ or child arrangements (in most cases) it is compulsory to meet with a Mediator for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). This is so you can demonstrate that you are aware of the Mediation process as an option and have considered it.
A ‘MIAM’ is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. These meetings are confidential and usually take place separately. The purpose of a MIAM is for the Mediator to:
Court proceedings are often the last resort, but after your MIAM, if you choose not to mediation or mediation is not considered appropriate you will be issued with the ‘MIAM certificate’ to enable you to issue an application to Court if you wish.
If you are in receipt of certain state benefits such as universal credit, employment support allowance or job seekers allowance you may qualify for legal aid. Contact us for more information
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