According to Fla. Stat. section 44.1011 (2) mediation is a process whereby a neutral and impartial third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing what it should be. It is an informal and non-adversarial process intended to help disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
Thus, a family law mediator helps the parties explore different settlement opportunities while maintaining impartiality and neutrality. The mediator should have no stake in the outcome but should be a good listener, communicator, and problem solver with the ability to think outside the box to help the parties achieve positive results given the circumstances and facts.
However one of the fundamental building blocks of mediation is self-determination and therefore any agreement must be acceptable to all mediation parties. A family law mediator should hopefully be seen as a positive influence in a normally troubling time.