Before any application can be made to court in matrimonial and family matters there is a requirement to attend a MIAM unless there are good reasons why a MIAM is not appropriate, for example in emergency cases or where there is Domestic Abuse.
A MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) is a meeting with a trained family mediator, they will explain alternatives to the Court process, and how mediation may be able to assist.
During the MIAM you will discuss with the mediator your personal circumstances confidentially. This is done on a one to one basis, with just yourself and the mediator.
The mediator will listen to your individual circumstances and details of the matter, provide information and discuss your options to assist in resolving those issues. They will also discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.
The mediator will also assess whether mediation is suitable for you, and if not they will provide you with the requisite form to enable you to make an application to the Court. If they believe mediation is suitable, they will arrange to contact your ex-partner to arrange a MIAM meeting with them.
If you require any advice regarding this, then please get in touch with our experienced team of family law solicitors in Devon on 01392 207020.