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It is sometimes difficult to know what is or is not required of you when it comes to Court proceedings concerning your family.  A common question is “Do I have to attend mediation before going to Court?”.

In short, the answer is no, despite what you may have read in the press.  Mediation is voluntary.

However, before you can issue a court application, either in respect of your children, or matrimonial financial matters, you are expected to meet with a mediator to discuss whether mediation could be a suitable alternative.  This meeting is known as a MIAM.

The family court and judges are keen for parties to make some attempt to resolve disputes without the need for court intervention.  For this reason, there is a chance that you could be ordered to pay court costs if you have failed to attend a MIAM.  Alternatively your court application could be adjourned while you attempt mediation.

If you would like to discuss mediation further, please contact our Head of Mediation, Drenne Dunphy.

To contact Drenne, please:

Call the office on 01442 218090

Send an email to info@hepburndelaney.co.uk

Click on the link to the right

Drenne is available to meet you in person in a number of locations throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden, Milton Keynes, Hastoe (near Tring), Beaconsfield and Chartridge (near Chesham).

Do I have to mediate?

It is sometimes difficult to know what is or is not required of you when it comes to Court proceedings concerning your family.  A common question is “Do I have to attend mediation before going to Court?”.

In short, the answer is no, despite what you may have read in the press.  Mediation is voluntary.

However, before you can issue a court application, either in respect of your children, or matrimonial financial matters, you are expected to meet with a mediator to discuss whether mediation could be a suitable alternative.  This meeting is known as a MIAM.

The family court and judges are keen for parties to make some attempt to resolve disputes without the need for court intervention.  For this reason, there is a chance that you could be ordered to pay court costs if you have failed to attend a MIAM.  Alternatively your court application could be adjourned while you attempt mediation.

Next Steps

If you would like to discuss mediation further, please contact our Head of Mediation, Drenne Dunphy.

To contact Drenne, please:

Call the office on 01442 218090

Send an email to info@hepburndelaney.co.uk

Click on the link to the right

Drenne is available to meet you in person in a number of locations throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden, Milton Keynes, Hastoe (near Tring), Beaconsfield and Chartridge (near Chesham).