MIAMs and mediation are sometimes confused in family law, but they are two very separate processes.
So what is a MIAM and how does this differ to mediation?
Your first meeting with a mediator is often called a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
This first meeting with a mediator will provide you with the opportunity to find out how mediation works. It will also consider whether the mediation process is right for you.
Mediation is voluntary, but if you need to apply to the Court for help dealing with issues relating to financial settlement on divorce or children, attendance at a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is compulsory in most circumstances.
Once you have conducted the MIAM, you will be in a clearer position to decide whether you wish to proceed with mediation or a different method of resolving your case or whether you wish to make a Court application.
In this short video Family Mediator, Michelle Bettell explains what a MIAM is and the mediation process.