The first meeting with a mediator is often called a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Whether it’s called a MIAM or a first meeting, it will cover the same things.
The first meeting with a mediator gives you the chance to find out how mediation works. Mediators are trained to work out with you whether mediation is right for you and your family. They will also discuss how many sessions you may need, how much they would cost, and explain whether you might get legal aid to pay for mediation.
The mediator can also give you information about other services that provide help and support and the other options you might have to resolve things.
Full mediation sessions usually last for 1.5 hours. A child issues mediation (which is specifically about child arrangements) usually lasts between 1-2 sessions. A property and finance mediation usually lasts between 3-4 sessions. A AIM (all issues mediation) usually takes up to 5 sessions.
These are the documents that you will require if you do not wish to mediate or mediation breaks down. Courts do prefer mediation to be attempted unless there is a valid exemption and mediation is not suitable.
The types of dispute that are listed are the main types of dispute but this list is not exhaustive, there are many disputes that would benefit from having a mediator.
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