Any agreement reached at mediation will be because you have reached a decision as to how the dispute can be settled.
The mediator is present to facilitate negotiations and to help the parties communicate in order to support them find a settlement that everyone can live with and move on.
Everything said to the mediator is confidential so discussions with the mediator are kept private and not passed on to anyone else without consent. It is therefore possible because of this unique position to include the mediator as an additional member of your team in thinking about negotiation tactics. The mediator will work hard to ensure that you have the best possible chance of finding a way forward and a solution.
Statistics indicate that around 70% of cases that go to mediation settle. Mediation provides you with the ability to draft your own type of agreement in terms that would not be possible in a Court.
If you want to find a way forward and have a process that is quicker and cheaper than going to Court, mediation is it and you will not be forced to agree. It might also be worthwhile considering that in Court, you are forced to accept the decision of a Judge who can only decide the matter based upon law and not matters which may be pertinent to you.