Family Procedure Rule Changes April 2011
As from 6 April 2011 the new Pre Application Protocol
becomes operational. This means that everyone who wishes to apply
to the Court for an Order in relation to financial matters or
children issues will need to consider mediation before the Court
will issue their Court application.
In order to demonstrate that mediation has been considered.
All Applicants in private law family cases will need to file an FM1
form at Court at the same time that they lodge their Application
with the Court.
The FM1 form which confirms that the Applicant and/or the
Respondent have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment
Meeting (MIAM) needs to be signed by a Mediator, or person
qualified to carry out a MIAM - in certain circumstances the form
can be signed by the Applicant and/or their Solicitor.
Rollits Family Mediators
Rollits have two accredited Family Mediators - Sheridan Ball
and Karen Myles who are authorised to carry out MIAMs and sign FM1
forms. They are also both accredited by the Legal Services
Commission and therefore can mediate in cases where one or both
Parties are eligible for public funding.
Sheridan Ball trained as a Family Mediator in 1996,
undertaking Advanced Family Mediation training in 1998. For the
last 15 years Sheridan has practised as an All Issues Mediator
becoming a Practitioner Member of The Law Society Family Mediation
Panel in 2001. In 2011 Sheridan was accredited by Resolution to
operate as a PPC supervising Family Mediators.
Karen Myles trained as a Family Mediator in 1999 achieving
accreditation with Resolution in 2003. Karen has undertaken All
Issues Mediation work for the last 12 years.
In 2007 Karen and Sheridan both obtained qualification to
carry out Direct Consultation with children within the mediation
Referral for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting
Requests for a MIAM can be made by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be sent a MIAM Referral form
for completion and return.
MIAM meetings and consequent mediation sessions can be
carried out at Rollits offices in Hull or York. If a particular
venue is required then please state this on the referral
What happens at a Mediation Information and Assessment
In addition to explaining the mediation process and the role
of the mediator, the MIAM will provide the opportunity to give the
Parties information about other services that may be of assistance
e.g. Parenting, or Counselling Courses.
The Mediator will also assess suitability for mediation and
the Parties can decide whether they then wish to participate in the
Should the Mediator consider mediation is not suitable, or
either of the Parties choose not to proceed to mediation, or the
mediation process subsequently breaks down the Mediator will
complete the FM1 form which will then be sent to the referring
Solicitor and/or Party.
MIAM Fee Arrangements
During the MIAM the Mediator will assess whether a Party is
eligible for mediation funding if they are then the LSC will also
pay the cost of both Parties' MIAMs.
If neither Party is assessed eligible for mediation funding,
then each Party will be charged the same MIAM fee that the LSC pay
ie £87 plus vat for a separate meeting and £130 plus vat for a
joint meeting - the joint meeting fee is shared between the
Mediation Fee Arrangements
The LSC will pay the mediation fees for the Party who is
eligible for mediation funding. If a Party is not eligible for
mediation funding then the mediation fee will be discussed and
agreed at the MIAM.
Posted on: 04/04/2011
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