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The Benefits of a MIAM

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Dispute Resolution

How mediation Can Help

Let’s take the first step together and help you resolve family disputes. A MIAM online mediation session with UK Family Mediation is available to help families find common ground who are currently in a dispute, disagreement or crisis often have to think of turning to court for child disputes. Legal proceedings are often necessary in such cases as divorce, separation and inheritance and simply cannot be avoided. You may be able to claim legal aid mediation or the family mediation voucher scheme to help cover mediation fees.

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What is a MIAM?

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In Wales and England, from 2011 new legislation introduced  made it a necessity for anyone wanting to pursue court action for family issues such as children or finances would have to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, also called a MIAM beforehand. Mediation is a confidential process and a perfect way to help with conflict resolution.

Mediation sessions are needed before you proceed your case to family court – unless it is not possible to mediate such as in cases of domestic abuse.

Court proceedings require both parties to have shown they have attend a MIAM and have a MIAM certificate as a minimum. Family mediation Bristol is the first step needed in resolving your disputes.

The family mediation Bristol process is run by an accredited family mediator. The experienced family mediator will explain how the MIAM process works and issues such as child arrangements, child inclusive mediation the mediator acts a third party to reach an agreement before court intervention.

 

We offer child inclusive mediation to help you reach a final agreement via our mediation process.

Your Bristol family mediator will always take into consideration the best interests of all involved and also offer child-inclusive mediation.

Family mediation Bristol is cost effective and much more affordable than family law solicitors. If you do go to a family lawyer they will advise for you to seek mediation to cover key issues you need to get resolved with the other party and family members. To find out more on mediation costs visit our fees page.

Once this an agreement is arranged over a few weeks or less your family lawyer can make them legally binding.

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Understanding a MIAM

A MIAM with UK Family Bristol is the first step in the mediation process for resolving family disputes. It is a confidential meeting that provides an opportunity for individuals to discuss their issues with a trained mediator and explore the possibility of reaching a resolution without resorting to court proceedings

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Why A MIAM?

The objective of the meeting is to ensure that both parties understand what mediation is and how it works, as well as assessment of whether it could be the right approach to resolving their dispute.

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Legal Aid

If you areigible for legal aid for a financial order, in most cases your
current situation or income will determine if this is available to you. Other options for financial orders are available. Speak to our team to learn more.

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Avoid Court

Unlike a court-imposed decision, Bristol mediation enables individuals to actively participate in crafting the terms of the settlement, leading to outcomes that are more mutually satisfactory. 

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MIAM Solutions

A MIAM is an invaluable tool in the journey towards resolving family disputes. It encourages open communication, mutual understanding, and collaborative problem-solving. By embracing the principles of MIAM, separating couples can navigate their disputes with dignity and hope for a positive outcome.


For those facing the complexities of separation or divorce, understanding and participating in a MIAM can be a crucial step towards finding peace and closure.

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MIAMS Mediation Q & A

MIAM Mediation is an initial meeting between two parties involved in a dispute, to assess whether mediation would be beneficial or appropriate for the situation.

The objective of the meeting is to ensure that both parties understand what mediation is and how it works, as well as assessment of whether it could be the right approach to resolving their dispute.

Legal Aid could be a good solution if you are in receipt of universal credit or on a low income. If there is history of domestic violence from your ex partner and possibility of serious harm or specific circumstances the accredited mediator will remain impartial and maybe able to give you an exemption.

Court order or court application could be recommended if social workers are involved. If the mediator feels there is any risk to your well being your case will be seen as miam exemption.

Then just you can get a signed form and this is an important part to the next steps. 

ACourt order or court application could be recommended if social workers are involved. If the mediator feels there is any risk to your well being your case will be seen as a MIAM exemption.

Then just you can get a signed form and this is an important part to the next steps.

MIAMS are usually court mandated services (performed by a qualified, neutral third party who is your professional mediator) which have to be undertaken in an attempt to resolve tricky family issues outside of the court.

A court should not be the first, but the last resort for a family based legal issue. 

An out of court meeting with a mediator can help to create a supportive, neutral environment in which participants can air their grievances and demands in a productive, calm manner.

If both parties agree that mediation is a good way forward and the mediator also agrees, mediation sessions will be arranged. These sessions are designed to help both parties reach an agreement on the issues at hand.

If an agreement is reached through mediation, it can be made legally binding through a consent order if both parties agree

Mediation is often more cost-effective than engaging in a  court battle,  saving both parties significant amounts of money. Mediation also tends to lead to faster resolutions, allowing those involved to reach an agreement and move forward more quickly than they might through the court system. 

Unlike a court-imposed decision, mediation enables individuals to  participate in  the terms of the settlement, leading to a more collaborative approach takes place in a confidential setting, which not only preserves privacy but also fosters a more open and cooperative dialogue.

The majority of mediation is now carried out online via Teams or Zoom. In addition shuttle mediation is available where the mediator will carry out the sessions with you and your ex partner in seperate sessions. This means that you will not have to see them during a call if the relationship is strained.

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