Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

If you are experiencing difficulties with your partner or former partner and want to try to resolve them by mediation you should consider attending a MIAM. For couples considering divorce or looking for a court order to resolve a dispute over children, finance or property, they must attend a MIAM.


What is a MIAM?

A MIAM is a meeting that is between you and a mediator to understand your current situation and the issues between you and your partner / former partner to determine if mediation could help you resolve them.

The mediator will discuss with you:

  • What your options might be

  • What mediation is, and how it works

  • The benefits of mediation

  • The likely costs involved in mediation

  • Determine if you might be eligible for legal aid

The meeting is between you and the mediator although if agreed by both parties it can be attended by both of you.


To book a meeting

If you would like to discuss family mediation in further detail or make an appointment with one of our mediators you can contact a Case Manager on 01908 766526 or send us an email at

If you decide to proceed with ourselves and want to attend a MIAM we will ask you to complete a Client Information Form which is available by clicking the link below. We need this information so we can best assess your suitability for mediation.


How long does a MIAM last?

A MIAM usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you think you might be eligible for legal aid you will need to bring some evidence of your eligibility. This will include:

  1. An estimate of the value of all your capital assets, including the value of your home and any other properties
  2. A bank statement covering the four week period before the meeting with the mediator PLUS:
  3. If you are employed, proof of your income via payslips covering the four week period before the meeting
  4. If you are self employed, your most recent accounts or tax return
  5. If you in receipt of benefits or tax credits, a current letter (dated within the last six months) confirming your entitlement