Non-court dispute resolution—mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs)
Non-court dispute resolution—mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs)

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Non-court dispute resolution—mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs)
  • Funding attendance at a MIAM
  • Forms
  • Principles
  • Relevant family proceedings
  • Exemptions
  • Authorised family mediators
  • Attending a MIAM
  • Practice points

The pre-application requirement for attendance at a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) is set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 3, supplemented by FPR 2010, PD 3A. Changes were introduced by section 10 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014), which provides that before making an application in relevant family proceedings, a person must attend a MIAM. The requirements came into force on 22 April 2014. Where the court considers that non-court dispute resolution is appropriate, it may direct that the proceedings, or a hearing in the proceedings, be adjourned for such specified period as the court may direct to enable the parties to obtain information and advice about, and consider using, non-court dispute resolution.

While attendance at a MIAM is compulsory for most applicants, there are circumstances in which attendance will not be required, see: Relevant family proceedings and Exemptions.

Key aspects of the provisions in relation to MIAMs are:

  1. funding attendance

  2. changes to forms

  3. the purpose of a MIAM and the courts' powers

  4. what are relevant family proceedings?

  5. exemptions from MIAM attendance

Changes regarding the requirements for evidence of domestic violence were made to FPR 2010, PD 3A, and reflected in Forms A, A1, B, C100 and FM1, with effect from 8 January 2018, see News Analysis: Changes to family forms from 8