Mediator Signing Court Forms
Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting
What is a MIAM
A MIAM, as mentioned above, is a court mandated mediation session in which all parties have to participate. The only exceptions case are situations where domestic abuse, bankruptcy and/or child abuse or negligence are involved, in which case the session is not mandatory and the case can go straight to court. We at Just Divorce Mediation offer top notch mediation services by trained professionals who know exactly how to create a calm environment for discussion and resolution.
A MIAM is relatively low cost but low income families can also avail of these services for free. It starts with an initial assessment meeting where the mediator, a neutral, third party professional trained to mediate family conflicts, listens to the various issues involved and decides whether mediation would be of help. They also determine, based on the wishes of the parties, whether or not joint sessions would be more helpful than separate sessions.
Following this initial meeting, the mediator hosts a series of meetings, either joint or separate, where each party states their issues. The aim is to effect a reconciliation or resolution, by arriving at a compromise or decision which is mutually agreed upon by everyone.