The parties each have total control over the process. Process disagreements will be negotiated as they arise (e.g., who can attend the mediation). Any participant can discontinue mediation at any time.
The mediator may reference the law, even where the law may favor one party over the other.
The mediator will use statutes, case law, his litigating experience, and experience with other disputing parties, in his attempts to craft an acceptable agreement.
This mediator prefers keeping the parties together as much as possible, though either party can choose to limit contact with the other party.
The mediator will appreciate payment immediately following the mediation. Most forms of payment are acceptable.