Unlike trial, in which the parties are in opposition, mediation focuses on cooperation by all the parties. It can bring an end to the dispute more quickly and inexpensively than going to trial, and the outcome can be made confidential. Because the resolution is created by the parties, rather than a judge or jury, the settlement can provide for more than just the payment of money. The agreement will meet the parties’ specific interests. While mediating is hard work, you may leave feeling that the process has given you positive closure to the dispute.