You cannot issue an application at court without attending a MIAM unless a specific exemption applies in your case. The court will check to see if any exemption claimed is valid. If the court decides the exemption is not valid, the court may require the applicant to attend a MIAM before it will deal with the application.
Members of the Family Mediators Association (FMA) have been working with the courts to set up duty rosters at courts which will enable clients to make a MIAM appointment with a qualified family mediator straight away, if necessary. Even if you are quite sure that mediation or one of the other alternatives to court is not for you, attending a MIAM will help you avoid unnecessary delays.