Any person wishing to bring a family matter before the court is expected to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before they can issue proceedings in court (there are some exceptions).
A MIAM gives clients a chance to consider different methods for resolving their dispute so that they can decide if court proceedings are the best way forward. In the MIAM the mediator will explain mediation and the mediation process in some more detail and assess whether or not the client is suitable for mediation. The client will also be given the opportunity to explain the background to the dispute and what issues need to be resolved. If the client feels that mediation would be the best way to resolve the issues then the other person will be offered their own MIAM. If the client decides that court proceedings are the best way forward then the mediator will be able to sign the form needed to issue proceedings in court.
MIAMs can be done remotely.
Legal Aid can be available for MIAMs depending on the individual’s capital and income.
If you think you might be eligible for please visit this website legal-aid-checker.justice.gov.uk.