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

The following Family practice 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
  • The purpose of a MIAM
  • The court's powers
  • Relevant family proceedings
  • Private children law proceedings
  • Financial remedy proceedings
  • Exemptions
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription). This Practice Note sets out the procedure prior to the pandemic and during this period of disruption to the justice system, practitioners should be aware that local practice may vary.

Note that HMCTS has confirmed that an online service is available for Mediation Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation, see: here. These services can now be carried out remotely, and so are options for parents considering child arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More information can be found on the Co-parent Hub, or from the Family Mediation Council (FMC).

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

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