A MIAM is an introductory meeting that all parties must attend if they wish to issue Court proceedings for children or financial issues. The purpose of a MIAM meeting is for both parties separately meet with a mediator who gives them information about the options available to resolve their dispute, such as mediation or the collaborative process. If both parties are interested in trying either of those processes, the Court proceedings will be delayed until those processes have had a chance to work. It is simply an information giving meeting to enable you to decide which process would be the most suitable for you in your situation.