Is Mediation right for you? Or do you need to issue court proceedings? Many applications requre you to have been through the MIAM process first in any event.
Before mediations starts, or before you can issue most family court proceedings the applicant at least must have a MIAM, a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting.
Basically it is an opportunity to find out more about the mediation process, to give your account in confidence to the mediator.
You have the opportunity to make clear what you want and need from the mediation. To express any concerns or doubts and to find out just how the process will work for you.
As a mediator, I have to assess if your case is suitable for mediation. Not all cases are, some may require changes to the standard mediation process to make sure that both parties really can get their points across, and not feel intimidated or under in necessary pressure. There may be changes to arrangements to take account of needs or vulnerability of a party.
You need to have every chance to discover what mediation can offer to you.
If mediation is not suitable, or breaks down before a full agreement, you will need a mediator to sign a form to confirm this before most family proceedings can be issued in court. There are some exceptions to this and these can be discussed.
The MIAM service offered by Target Mediation includes the costs of providing the form for court, going through the whole process and assessing suitability. In the MIAM you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. This is your life and your mediation.
Please ‘phone me on 0333 772 9763 or use the Contact Form. The first call is free, no obligation and no pressure. Find out more about the services available to you.
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