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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. It considers the purpose and mechanics of mediation assessment intake meetings and mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) when introduced in 2014, together with the similarities and differences between the two. For practical guidance on MIAMs and mediation, see Practice Notes: Non-court dispute resolution—mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs), Mediation—introduction and Mediation—process.
The changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into force on 22 April 2014. They provide that before making a relevant family application the applicant must attend a family mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM), and that the court may not issue, or otherwise deal with, an application if, in contravention, the applicant has not attended a MIAM. It remains that while attendance at a MIAM is compulsory for most applicants, there are circumstances in which attendance will not be required.
An assessment meeting can be seen as both the first stage of mediation, ie part of establishing the arena, and as part of the pre-application requirements. It is much more than the provision of information and provides a formal and potentially definitive assessment of the appropriateness of mediation and alternative processes, for the benefit of:
other family members
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