This month, figures have been released to show that despite Mediation being compulsory before applying for a Court Order around 95% of applications to the Court have not had a Mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAMs) completed.
Mediation is not always appropriate for separating couples depending on their circumstances and with lots more people not being represented by a Solicitor the benefits of mediation are not necessarily being conveyed to couples.
It will be interesting to see if any changes are now made to the policy and what the Government will do to encourage mediation rather than Court.
A government policy aimed at promoting family mediation as the preferred way of settling disputes over parenting, finance, and property has failed, new figures show. Under the the Children and Families Act, April 2014 saw mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) become compulsory before a separating couple could apply for a court order in divorce proceedings. The government's aim was to introduce a cheaper and less confrontational alternative to the courts. However, as the second anniversary of the change approaches, new figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request show that fewer than 5,000 MIAMs out of over 112,000 private law applications were completed.