Since the law changed on 22 April 2014, any person who wishes to bring a family matter before the court is expected to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before issuing court proceedings. There are some exceptions to this, which a solicitor will explain if it applies to you.
The purpose of a MIAM is to offer clients a chance to consider what options are available for resolving their issues, and whether court proceedings are the best way for the family to deal with them. A MIAM is not compulsory mediation; instead it is a compulsory meeting to consider whether mediation or some other process would be the right way forward.
Legal Aid and MIAMs
As a private mediation practice we do not offer Legal Aid. However Legal Aid is available for MIAMs (from other services in Kent) but this depends an individual's capital and income. If one of the parties involved in the dispute is assessed as being eligible for Legal Aid, then the first mediation session for the private fee-paying client will be covered by Legal Aid. If you think you may be eligible please go to legal-aid-checker.justice.gov.uk.
Please click here to download our MIAM referral form.
Please click here for the MIAM information sheet for more detail.
The cost of a MIAM in any of our offices in Kent is £125 plus VAT.
“Most family judges are great believers in mediation - they know that with suitable help the parties should be able to reach a better result than they can do.” - Lord Justice Hale
“When we face serious family problems, we still usually say to ourselves 'I must find a solicitor'. But in many (though not all) cases, we would do better to say 'We must find a mediator'.” - Lord Wilson (previously Lord Justice of Appeal in the Family Division)