Ask The ExpertsSponsored by Hegarty SolicitorsI would like toapply to the Courtto see my child, doI need to attendmediation first?Yes. As of April 2014,prospective Applicantswho wish to bring Courtproceedings in relationto private children lawproceedings must attend a MediationInformation and Assessment Meeting("MIAM") before applying to theCourt. This does not apply howeverif it is an urgent Application. MIAMis a form of Alternative DisputeResolution ("ADR") which encouragesparties to resolve issues withoutthe need for Court intervention. If you would like further advice,However, not all issues can be resolvedthrough mediation and the assistanceof a Court Order may be necessary.The first step would be for eitheryou or your solicitor to make contact You would need to file an Applicationwith an authorised family mediator with the Court using a form C100. Ifto arrange an appointment. Both both parties attend a MIAM, theparties can attend together but you mediator will endeavour to work withcan also attend separately. If you you to assess a number of things. Ifdo attend separately, both parties mediation cannot help at this stage,should see the same mediator. If the the mediator will sign a form to say aother party does not attend, you can MIAM has been attended and Courtproceed to issuing Court proceedings. proceedings can then be issued.Please contactSolicitors on 01572 725772 or emailJulia Weber at Hegartyjulia.weber@hegarty.co.uk

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Ask The Experts Sponsored by Hegarty Solicitors I would like to apply to the Court to see my child, do I need to attend mediation first? Yes. As of April 2014, prospective Applicants who wish to bring Court proceedings in relation to private children law proceedings must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting ("MIAM") before applying to the Court. This does not apply however if it is an urgent Application. MIAM is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") which encourages parties to resolve issues without the need for Court intervention. If you would like further advice, However, not all issues can be resolved through mediation and the assistance of a Court Order may be necessary. The first step would be for either you or your solicitor to make contact You would need to file an Application with an authorised family mediator with the Court using a form C100. If to arrange an appointment. Both both parties attend a MIAM, the parties can attend together but you mediator will endeavour to work with can also attend separately. If you you to assess a number of things. If do attend separately, both parties mediation cannot help at this stage, should see the same mediator. If the the mediator will sign a form to say a other party does not attend, you can MIAM has been attended and Court proceed to issuing Court proceedings. proceedings can then be issued. Please contact Solicitors on 01572 725772 or email Julia Weber at Hegarty julia.weber@hegarty.co.uk

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