Mediation has been accepted as a truly effective and practical way of resolving family issues and without reverting to the lengthy and costly court system.
A MIAMS, or a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, must take place with a mediator who is accredited by the Family Mediation Council. This can happen before issuing proceedings for an order about a child [Children Act 1989] or a Financial Remedy Order [Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 as amended]. Its purpose is to ensure alternatives to taking the family issue to court are fully explored first.
So, mediation very often follows when you realise that the process gives swift accessibility to methods of resolving the problem.
Unfortunately, there are situations when mediation is not appropriate and it is important to raise with the mediator at first meeting any concerns, such as may be described as domestic abuse, or inappropriate control or duress.