The first stage in family mediation is the MIAM. This is the first meeting that you have with a mediator. The four letter stands for Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting. It is important to note that your former partner does not attend this meeting with you. This meeting can be done using Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp, which is easy to do, even if you are not a techie person! In this first meeting, you will have the opportunity to find out from a qualified family mediator how mediation works and the potential benefits. The mediator will also make an assessment as to whether mediation is appropriate for your personal situation. If mediation is not an option, the mediator is able to sign the appropriate court forms.