Mediation is facilitated negotiation. That means that a neutral person (the mediator) helps the parties negotiate the terms of their settlement. The mediator does not make decisions. The parties make the decisions. The mediator assists the parties in reaching an agreement.
Assistance may include an explanation of the laws related to family disputes, suggesting options for settlement, and helping the parties to overcome the obstacles preventing them from reaching an agreement. The mediator will also assist the parties in drafting a written document that memorializes their agreement.