Divorce: 60% of couples ignore MIAMs

June 26, 2017 7 comments

family law

As many as 60 per cent of couples seeking a divorce do not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before taking their case to court. In April 2014, the then-coalition government made the attendance of such meetings compulsory for anyone who wanted to bring their marriage to an end. However, a new report…

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Mediation and consent orders

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January 25, 2017 6 comments

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Along with the decree absolute, consent orders are the traditional end point of any divorce settlement. As the name implies, such orders set out what each party has agreed to, the terms on which they have consented to a financial settlement. Typically they describe precisely how you and your soon-to-be-former-spouse will divide your assets, whether…

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In praise of mediation

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January 24, 2017 1 comment

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For reasons I won’t go into here, I think I may have gained a reputation in some quarters for being an opponent of mediation as a means of resolving family disputes. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. As I have said here previously, I very nearly trained as a mediator way back…

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Charity urges increase in family mediation

January 24, 2017 2 comments

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A charity has called for an increased use of mediation during family breakdown. The public needs a better understanding of the divorce process so children and other “at-risk parties” can be better protected, the Family Mediation Association (FMA) insists. This call comes during the organisation’s Family Mediation Week, which launched yesterday and will run until…

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Four out of five couples ‘ignore MIAMs’

October 11, 2016 2 comments

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Four out of five divorced couples did not consider mediation, new research shows. Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings(MIAMS)  are used to highlight the benefits of mediation and have technically been compulsory since April 2014 for anyone planning to divorce in the family courts or pursue a disagreement regarding children. But research released earlier this year…

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MIAMs down in 2016

July 1, 2016 0 comments

family law

The number of people who attended Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in the first three months of 2016 is lower than it was over the same period last year. Newly published Ministry of Justice figures have revealed that between January and March only 3,384 MIAMs were held. This represents a 14 per cent drop…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: call the family mediator?

June 22, 2016 2 comments

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Last night, the first in a three-part documentary series was shown on BBC2. Equal parts frustrating and intriguing,  Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator offered a behind-the-scenes look at professional mediators struggling to steer different divorcing couples through this much discussed alternative to the family court. In this video I give my own reactions and…

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MIAMs fall to new low

April 4, 2016 3 comments

mediation

The number of mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) has fallen to a new low. MIAMs have been compulsory for anyone contemplating taking a familiar dispute to court since April 2014. They are designed to encourage participants to explore mediation and consider whether it might be a suitable way to address their dispute. They were…

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Number of people in family mediation rises

December 19, 2015 1 comment

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The number of people using mediation to resolve family disputes has risen, the government announced this week. In their figures for the third quarter of 2015 – July to September – the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) revealed that the number of mediation sessions started was 19 per cent higher than last year. The MoJ admitted…

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