MIAMs, mediation and The Children and Families Act 2014

By Elisabeth Howe

When a relationship breaks down, whether a couple are married or not, problems can arise over children, money and property.

People are understandably anxious about how their assets will be divided, what will happen to the family home and who will care for the children. As well as starting divorce proceedings, they may also commence costly and time-consuming court proceedings to deal with child and financial issues, without properly considering alternative methods of dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation but also other options such as arbitration or collaborative law.

On 22 April 2014, The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force and with it the requirement, subject to exceptions, for applicants in any proposed child or financial application to the Family Court to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) before being able to proceed with their application…

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