Mediation information and Assessment Meetings

Posted on 15th February 2011

From the beginning of April 2011 it has been confirmed by the Ministry of Justice that no private law children applications can be issued without the parties first attending a Mediation, Information and Assessment meeting.

The meetings are compulsory. Both parties have to turn up. A certificate will have to be provided that a Mediation information and Assessment meeting has been attended.

After the meeting has taken place the parties have a number of alternatives. The two most obvious are:

  1. Attend further mediation to try to resolve their issues.
  2. To go to court.

Jonathan Djanogly, under Secretary of State for the Department of Justice says that he wants people to take matters into their own hands to achieve better outcomes for themselves and their families than going to court.