Mediation Next steps
Before Mediation – Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMS)
You and your partner or spouse will each have an opportunity to have a confidential meeting with the Family Mediator on your own.
You will work with the Mediator(s) to:
- clarify the issues that need to be resolved
- collect any information necessary
- make sure you both understand the information
- compare different options and
- find a way forward you can both live with
Child inclusive mediation is part of your mediation if you have children. Many children like to be informed and appreciate having their views and opinions heard, although it is always made clear that they are not responsible for any overall decisions – these need to be made by their parents.
At the end of Family Mediation the way forward will be set out in writing in a formal document called a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Memorandum will include details of any steps to be taken in the future, for example arrangements for the children and what happens to the family home.
The Memorandum means it is less likely there will be misunderstandings or disagreements in the future about what has been discussed.
You can convert your Memorandum of Understanding into a legally binding agreement if you wish to do so without going to court.
Please see our section on Legal Advice and Mediation for further details.