Section 10 of The Children and Families Act 2014 has made it a requirement that anyone intending to make a ‘relevant family application’ must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) unless one of the exceptions applies. The relevant family applications to which the MIAM requirement applies are private law proceedings relating to children, such as applications for a Child Arrangements Order, and proceedings for a financial remedy.
Should a child who knows his prospective adopter as his 'mummy' be returned back to the care of his birth parents?
Creighton & Partners have successfully represented the prospective adopter in the recent case of Re K  in contested adoption proceedings. The case related to whether a child who has been placed with a prospective adoptor should potentially be returned to their birth parents if they were able to care for them.