Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)

Since 22nd April 2014, separating couples must consider whether mediation would be a better way of resolving their differences rather than taking matters to Court. In practical terms this means (subject to a very few exceptions) that before an application is made to the Court to consider financial or children issues, individuals are required to consider mediation. This is done by meeting with a mediator for a MIAM, where you can explore whether or not the issues in dispute are capable of settlement outside the court process.

We are able to offer Mediation and Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) at a time and place which is suitable for you. The meeting will take place with you each separately and usually lasts up to 45 minutes. The mediator will seek to understand the issues and will help you to decide whether your case would be suitable for mediation. You will also be told about other forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as collaborative law, and you will be signposted to other services which may be helpful.

If mediation is appropriate and you are both agreeable to proceeding, a first mediation appointment will be set up for you.

If mediation is not appropriate then once the mediator has carried out the MIAM, he or she will complete a form confirming this and will return a signed copy to you so that you can start court proceedings if you wish to.

For further information, please ring us on 07977 901094.

Self referral

Once you have made contact with one of our mediators, you can download a referral form here to complete and send to the mediator. 

Download Self Referral Form

Solicitor's referral form

If you are a solicitor referring a client to Reading Family Mediation, please download and use this form to send to the mediator you have spoken to.

Download Solicitor's Referral