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Learn about Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Your First Step Into Mediation with Trusted Mediators Norfolk



A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMS) acts as an important initial encounter between a skilled mediator and couples considering divorce or separation. The main purpose of this initial meeting is for the family mediator to assess the suitability of both parties for mediation while providing vital information on how it can foster a resolution regarding the issues arising from the dissolution of their relationship. With expert guidance and support from Trusted Mediators Norfolk, the family mediation process) ensures a fair and amicable outcome, promoting effective communication an honest discussion and mutually beneficial agreements, including child inclusive mediation. Book your initial assessment meeting HERE to begin your family mediation process.


At Trusted Mediators Norfolk, we offer MIAMS (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) services to help resolve your disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

The MIAMS service is suitable for family resolution disputes, including divorce, child access with your ex partner, family finances mediation and more. 

Our accredited mediation experts will work with you to find creative solutions that are beneficial to all parties and help you avoid the costly court proceedings. If you are looking for a fast track MIAMS service. contact our team HERE


Mediation is best suited for couples who are more than willing to try and resolve their issues in a collaborative and non-combative manner.

In addition, the voluntary process with Trusted Mediation Norfolk is often much cheaper and faster than going through the courts and we are able to offer a speedy MIAMS should you need a resolution quickly.


Your first meeting with an experienced accredited family mediator is typically called a Mediation Information Assessments Meeting (MIAM) or an Initial Mediation Meeting.
This first meeting is usually designed to determine if mediation is the right approach for your needs.
It will also look at whether or not the mediation process is appropriate for your business.
An important part of this first meeting is to ask what is covered in the mediation. This includes things like what type of mediation you want, the time that it should take, and other items that might be included in your agreement.


Another important aspect of this meeting is to be patient. You can’t expect the person on your behalf to know everything about your business and your situation.
They will need to ask you questions, so you need to be able to explain them what you need and ask them to give you feedback as they need it.
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that there are some people who won’t be able to help you. because they aren’t qualified. If this is the case, you will need to make an appointment to meet with someone else.
You will then need to explain the situation and ask them if they are willing to help you or not. If the meeting doesn’t work, you’ll be able to move on to another mediation company.


Trusted Mediators Norfolk offers upfront and transparent pricing so you know what to expect with mediation. Whether you are looking for Legal Aid support, information on the mediation voucher scheme or a fast track MIAMS visit our fee page for more information.

The Advantages of MIAMS Mediation

Trusted Mediators MIAMS Mediation offers numerous advantages compared to traditional conflict resolution methods. This section will highlight the key benefits of MIAMS Mediation with your accredited family mediat, including:


  • Voluntary Participation: Parties engage in MIAMS Mediation voluntarily, fostering a greater sense of ownership and commitment to the resolution process.
  • Confidentiality: Mediation sessions are conducted in a confidential environment, enabling open and honest communication without fear of public exposure.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: MIAMS Mediation is often more affordable than lengthy court proceedings, making it an attractive option for individuals and organizations.
  • Empowerment: MIAMS Mediation empowers parties to actively participate in crafting mutually agreeable solutions, giving them a sense of control over the outcome.
  • Relationship Preservation: The focus of MIAMS Mediation is on preserving relationships, minimizing damage and fostering cooperation between parties.
  • Time Efficiency: Compared to lengthy legal battles, MIAMS Mediation typically offers a faster resolution process, allowing parties to move forward promptly.

1. What is family mediation
Family mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps family members, including ex-partners, unmarried couples, and others, resolve disputes related to family issues such as child arrangements, financial issues, and disagreements about assets. It is an effective way to deal with 

2. What is a MIAM
A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is a mandatory initial meeting in the UK for those considering mediation before taking family disputes to court. It helps individuals understand the mediation process and explore whether it’s a suitable option for their situation.

3. How does online mediation work?
Online mediation allows parties to engage in mediation sessions remotely through secure online platforms. It offers a neutral environment, convenience and accessibility, particularly useful for those who cannot attend in-person sessions.

4. What are the benefits of family mediation?
Family mediation  is an impartial third party and provides a safe space for honest discussions, free from the fear of judgment, facilitating the resolution of disputes through creative solutions. It is often quicker, less adversarial, and less expensive than legal proceedings. 

5. How does mediation differ from legal proceedings?
Mediation focuses on reaching mutually acceptable agreements, while legal proceedings involve court intervention and decisions made by a judge. Mediation promotes collaboration and empowers parties to find their own solutions.

6. Who conducts family mediation sessions?
Family mediation sessions are facilitated by accredited family mediators, trained professionals who help parties communicate effectively and work towards resolving their disputes. 

7. What is the Family Mediation Council?
The Family Mediation Council (FMC) is the professional body that regulates and sets standards for our team of family mediators in the UK, ensuring that mediation services meet quality and ethical guidelines.

8. Is mediation legally binding?
Agreements reached through mediation can be made legally binding if both parties agree and seek legal advice to formalize the agreements into legally binding documents.

9. How can I access family mediation services?
You can access family mediation services through accredited mediation providers like Trusted Mediators. Simply contact us to arrange a MIAM and begin the process.

10. What are the costs of mediation?
While there may be document fees and session fees associated in the costs of mediation, the UK government supports mediation through initiatives like the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme, making it an affordable option for many.

11. What happens during a mediation session?
During mediation sessions, you and your ex partner will discuss concerns and explore possible solutions with the support of the mediator. In such case the mediator ensures that discussions remain constructive and focused on finding resolutions and reaching a final agreement. Mediation is able to help you find solutions to disputes regarding child access, family finances with money and financial issues.

12. How long does the family mediation process take?
The duration of the mediation process and the number of sessions varies depending on the complexity of the issues and the willingness of parties to engage in meaningful discussions. Some disputes may be resolved in a few sessions, in a neutral environment while others may require more time.

13. Can family mediation help with child arrangements?
Yes, your independent mediator can help parents and guardians create child arrangements that prioritize the well-being of the child, including decisions about access, visitation schedules, and child support.

14. Is mediation suitable for financial disputes?
Absolutely, mediation is highly effective in resolving financial disputes related to divorce, separation, and other family matters. Your experienced family mediator will assist parties in reaching fair and sustainable agreements.

15. How do I prepare for a MIAM?
To prepare for a MIAM, gather relevant information about your situation and be prepared to discuss your concerns openly. The mediator will guide you and your former partner through the process and address any questions or uncertainties you may have in order for you to receive a MIAM certificate.

Trusted Mediators is committed to providing an effective mediation service that helps families navigate challenging situations with integrity and respect. If you have any further questions or wish to schedule a MIAM, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to book your initial call. 

Achieving Resolutions with MIAMS Mediation

MIAMS Mediation, offered by Trusted Mediators Norfolk, provides individuals and organizations with a powerful tool to effectively resolve conflicts and find common ground. By voluntarily engaging in the voluntary process, parties can experience the benefits of confidentiality, cost-effectiveness, and relationship preservation. Trust in Trusted Mediators’ expert mediators to guide you through inclusive mediation with an impartial third party for all family members to help you achieve harmonious resolutions through mutual agreement for any family disputes with our effective  services; avoiding costly and time consuming legal proceedings.  With potential solutions tailored to your unique situation, MIAMS mediation can help you find a peaceful resolution to your conflicts.