Mediation is an attempt by the parties to resolve a dispute with the aid of a neutral third party known as a mediator. The mediator is often an attorney or retired judge, but the parties may use any mediator. The mediator may offer advice or creative resolutions, but mediation is a non-binding process in which the parties must agree in order to reach some type of resolution. If the mediator is a licensed attorney, mediation proceedings can be fully confidential. In a mediation, the parties are not bound to award only monetary damages as a court might be but instead can fashion a process and a solution especially well suited to the dispute between them.