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...

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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

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