Essentially, mediation is a daylong settlement conference in which a neutral third party helps people identify their differences and common ground and promotes settlement through mutual compromises. The result of quality mediation is a signed settlement agreement. Mississippi family law mediations usually begin in a joint session to go over the benefits of the process, which include lower costs, confidentiality, speedier results, less acrimony and putting power in the hands of the litigants, instead of a stranger. After the joint session, the mediator will have a lengthy private meeting with each party wherein they can tell their story. After the mediator has a handle on the facts, the parties, with the assistance of their attorney, begin to exchange offers in an attempt to move closer to a settlement.