Mediation

Family mediation involves an independent and impartial professionally accredited mediator discussing problems with a divorcing or separating couple in an attempt to reach agreement without using the courts.

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A mediation assessment, sometimes also known as a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting), is an initial meeting between one or both parties and a mediator. The aim of the meeting is to see if mediation could be used to resolve the issue, rather than going straight to court. The MIAM therefore takes place before the mediation sessions and must be undertaken for any individual wanting legal aid for this area of work.

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Total volume of family mediation starts

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Total volume of mediation outcomes

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Mediation assessments and outcomes total value (£'000).

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