Initial intake session
To begin the process, the mediator will meet you for an initial 45-minute intake/MIAMS appointment, at which they will explain the different processes and your options so that you are able to make an informed decision about the process you would prefer to use. The mediator will also answer any questions you have about the mediation process and/or the Agreement to Mediate that will have already been sent to you.
Each party will have their own, separate, intake session in which they will be able to ask any questions they have.
At your intake appointment, the mediator will also be able to give you an indication of how many sessions you’ll need, as this will depend on how complicated the issue is.
If you then decide that mediation is not for you, the mediator will complete the relevant part of the form, which you or your solicitor will need to submit to the court in order to begin proceedings.