The traditional divorce process in Metro Detroit, meaning in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, is going to involve mediation before the client can ever have a trial in front of the judge. The judge will make the person do it because they don’t want to have a trial when a case could be settled through mediation; probably 50 to 60 per cent of cases will settle at mediation before a trial.
Some people like to think about going to mediation before their case even starts. That’s a personal preference and there is no reason they can’t do it but the normal process involves filing of a complaint for a divorce, and then exchanging information so that everybody can be on the same page with regard to financials, custody issues, medical things etc. and then they can try to negotiate a settlement.