If the parties cannot settle a case before a certain time when the case was filed, the judge in Oakland County usually orders the parties to attend mediation. The parties usually agree on a mediator from the court’s list. Usually Mediators want the parties to pay their fees up front. This is separate from the legal fees. The client will send the mediator the money and the lawyer will send in a synopsis of the case and how you want to resolve the matters.
At mediation, the parties either meet in one room or in separate rooms. This depends on the mediator’s tactics.
The mediator’s job it to have the parties to reach a settlement. If both parties agree to the way the mediator decides the case or to certain parts, each party will sign a sheet(s) of paper that states the settled issues. It then becomes binding and filed with the court. Most judges will usually not allow a party to change their mind after all parties signed.
It’s always better to come together first and avoid Mediation whenever possible.