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MIAM – Mediation Meetings, Information, and Assessments in Northumberland and Wales

'MIAM’ stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. It is a meeting where a mediator will provide you with information on mediation and discuss with you whether mediation or another form of family dispute resolution is suitable for you given your particular circumstances.

​If you are in dispute with your ex or a family member, or you are having difficulties sorting issues surrounding your separation or divorce, you may be considering making a court application. But before an application can be made to the court for private law children proceedings or financial remedy on divorce you the applicant are required to attend a MIAM. There are some exemptions but for most people, a mediation meeting is a required step.


At Pax Mediation we offer clients the opportunity to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) in person at one of our various offices across Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland etc., as well as in Wales, or online from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Do you need to attend a MIAM and want to meet with someone face-to-face?

  • We offer in-person mediation meetings at multiple locations in the Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, and North Shields areas, as well as locations in Wales.

  • All of our offices are conveniently located near excellent transport links and parking facilities.

  • Please see our locations page for more details about each of our different venues.

  • We offer face-to-face appointments for £150, which includes VAT, and we do not charge for any court forms or MIAM certificates you may need. 

  • Legal Aid is available for family mediation. If you are eligible there is no charge for MIAM nor any subsequent mediation sessions.


  • Since 2012 we have been a leader of online family mediation. We have extensive experience in helping people reach an agreement online. 

  • If you are looking to attend a MIAM but are unable to find a local mediator who can meet with you soon enough or you cannot take time off work to visit one, we can help.

  • If you have childcare issues it can be challenging to attend a face-to-face appointment but that's not an issue with an online appointment.  

  • Our online service allows you to meet with us over a video call using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a private space. 

  • If you are eligible, Legal Aid is available for family mediation, which means that there will be no charge for your MIAM or any subsequent mediation sessions.

  • We offer online mediation meetings for £130, which includes VAT, and we do not charge for any court forms you may need.

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How to get started?

Please fill in our referral form. This referral form provides us with important contact information about yourself and the other party and your problem or dispute. Once we have it we’ll get in touch with you to arrange your online mediation meeting and send you instructions explaining how to prepare.

What happens at a MIAM?

The mediator will

  • give you lots of information about the mediation process and the alternatives,

  • signpost you to alternative services that may be helpful such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice Bureau, Housing and Domestic Abuse organisations to name but a few,

  • also ask lots of questions about the circumstances in order to assess suitability,

  • and discuss how many sessions you may need and how much they would cost.


The mediation meeting usually lasts around 45 minutes. It is entirely confidential, subject to certain exceptions such as child protection but we would not be sharing anything discussed in the meeting with the other party.

What happens next?

If you decide you would like to try mediation, we will get in touch with the other person, inviting them to attend their own MIAM with the same mediator. If you are both willing and mediation is suitable we would organise a first mediation session for you both. If you decide you don’t want to mediate or the other party doesn’t wish to attend, we’ll post you the court certificate immediately to enable you to make a court application.

Start Your Journey Today

Whether you’re in Northumberland, Newcastle, or across England and Wales, we are here to help. With over a decade of combined experience, we’re proud to have helped thousands of families reach decisions and help settle their disputes. From online mediation meetings to face-to-face MIAM appointments, get in touch with the team at Pax Mediation to discuss your requirements today.

Complete our referral form now to get things started

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