If your relationship has come to an end then you will need to attend MIAMS (Mediation Information and Assessment meetings)
to start the mediation process. These meetings are designed to help you to sort out any outstanding issues around financial matters, or childcare procedures. In 2011 there was a change in the law to make attending MIAMS meeting much less bureaucratic, and meaning that it is virtually essential to attend these meetings.
The government considered that this would be cheaper for families and also would be easier. The law changed again in 2014 which made MIAMS, in the majority of cases, a statutory obligation before you attend court. There are, however, exceptions to this rule which we can inform you about. We must stress that such exceptions are rare.