What Do I Need to Prepare Before a MIAMS?


A Barclaydevere step by step guide to what you need to prepare before a MIAMS?

If you are considering family mediation, it is important to understand what you need to prepare. Here at Barclaydevere we recognise how stressful these situations can be, we will discuss the key information you need to gather and steps you should take in order to make the most of this important first meeting.

Family Mediation is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to litigation when it comes to resolving family law disputes. One of the first steps in the mediation process is the (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting), which is designed to provide parties with information about the mediation process and assess whether mediation is an appropriate way forward.

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Understand the Purpose – Before you attend a MIAMS, it is important to understand its purpose. Our mediator will explain the family mediation process and requirements, answer any of your questions, and check whether you are eligible for Legal Aid. Moreover, you will have the chance to share your position and concerns with the mediator and explain why you believe mediation could be suitable.

Gather Important Documents – To prepare for the MIAMS, [Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting] you will need to gather and bring with you relevant documents, which might include financial statements, property valuations, previous court orders, correspondence with solicitors, and social services reports. These documents will help the mediator get a better understanding of the issues that need to be resolved and to determine whether mediation is appropriate.

Be Honest, Open, and Willing – A key to successful mediation is everyone’s willingness to be transparent, open, and honest throughout the process. It is crucial that the mediator understands the issues so that they can draft an agreement that will be beneficial to both parties. You should be willing to listen to other party’s viewpoints and be open to compromises while expressing your own opinions.

Prepare for the Mediation Process – To prepare fully for the mediation process, you should do some research on how the process works, and what your role will be. By understanding the mediation process, in general, as well as the specific process used by the mediator you are working with, you will be better prepared to participate successfully and make informed decisions about the outcome of the mediation. Check out our MIAMS fees here

Consider Using a Solicitor – It is worth having a discussion with a solicitor who specializes in family law and mediation before attending a MIAMS. A solicitor can give you an idea of what issues can be resolved through mediation and give you perspective on what to expect in the mediation session. They could also provide valuable assistance when it comes to negotiations and drafting binding agreements.

The items mentioned in this Barclaydevere blog are just a few of the things that you need to bear in mind while preparing for a MIAMS. Preparing well ahead of time is crucial to ensure a smooth and effective mediation process. Keep in mind that the more you put into preparing the more likely you are to achieve a positive outcome. By being honest, open, willing, and well-prepared, you can work with our mediator to resolve issues in a way that is fair, collaborative, and respectful to all parties involved. So, if you are thinking of mediation, follow these tips and contact us at Barclaydevere, we promise to guide you to a successful MIAMS and mediation process.