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Dear [client name]
Court rules require that before making an application to issue certain kinds of family proceedings the applicant must attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (known as a MIAM) to consider with a mediator whether the dispute may be capable of being resolved by a method other than the court process. Mediation is a confidential process and none of the parties to mediation may provide information to the court as to the content of any discussions held in mediation and/or the reasons why an agreement was not reached. The court requires all applicants in the majority of family proceedings to have complied with this requirement before commencing proceedings, save in certain circumstances (see Potential MIAM exemptions below). The requirement to attend a MIAM does not apply to all family proceedings, but it does apply in relation to an application for [insert type of order sought] and consequently as you are the applicant, unless an exemption applies, you must attend a MIAM.
The purpose of a MIAM is to enable information to be provided about:
whether mediation may be a way in which your dispute may be resolved without going to court; and
the suitability of any other type of dispute resolution outside of the court process that
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