Why do i need an accredited mediator to sign the court application form?
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If you are planning on completing an application to the family court system in the UK then you need to speak to a mediator first. The form should be completed and signed by a mediator and their client. If the client has been present at MIAM meetings (Mediation and Information and Assessment Meetings) then your mediator can compete the form to provide evidence to the court that such sessions have been completed.
This is the usual state of affairs as the application will get declined and sent back without this taking place.
In the case where a client has not attended MIAMS meetings then the mediator must fill in part 2 of the form. This may explain various reasons why MIAMS meetings were not conducted.
In particular, exceptional, cases, there is no requirement to undertake MIAMS meetings. It must be noted that these are rare.
The happiest situation in which MIAMS meetings do not have to be undertaken is if there is no dispute to resolve between parties.
If there has been an allegation of domestic violence which has then led to the police taking action, or in the case of a civil dispute involving domestic violence, then MIAMS is not required, and the mediator must express this on the C100 form.
Note that for this to be the case, the allegation and subsequent action must have taken place within the last 12 months.
If there has been a dispute on financial grounds, and there is bankruptcy, then this may be included as a reason not to attend MIAMS on C100 form.
There are other, complex circumstances, in which the C100 Form should indicate if MIAMS meetings are not necessary. These concern when the parties cannot be located, where there would be significant harm to a child or where there are child protection issues are involved.
At MIAMS Family Mediation Service we can help you with the complexities of the Court forms, and talk through your particular circumstances.
From April 2014 the Children and Families bill will change the law around MIAMS. This is a complicated matter which will impact upon legal aid and make MIAMS meetings more prevalent, but at MIAMS Family Mediation Service we can keep you appraised of any statutory changes that occur.
Contact us for Family Mediation today – 03300 101 354