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MEDIATION CENTER

With our help, you can avoid the substantial expense and stress of litigation.

The mediators at Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente are uniquely trained and experienced in resolving all issues arising in Family Law Matters.  Please review the information about our mediation team and our FAQs and contact us to schedule a consultation.

Orange County Mediation

Our Mediation Center offers the highest quality service of its kind in Orange County and, perhaps, in all of Southern California. Eleanor Stegmeier and Michael Fisher are Fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and both have completed the advanced Mediation courses offered by The Academy and Pepperdine University’s Strauss Institute.

Eleanor and Mike will be joined by Matthew Heim, who may be the only lawyer with a Marriage & Family Therapy degree providing Mediation services in our area. Our office has a dedicated Mediation Room with breakout rooms and an attending paralegal.

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Our Team

Michael Fisher
Mediator / Attorney
Eleanor Stegmeier
Mediator / Attorney
Matthew Heim
Mediator / Attorney

Top 10 Reasons
Why Mediation is Better Than Trial

In mediation, the clients control the outcome.

In trial, the outcome is up to the Judge’s discretion. In mediation, the clients control the outcome.

In mediation, the clients control the cost.

In trial, Judges, lawyers, and rules can drive up the cost of the litigation. In mediation, the clients control the cost.

Mediation is not zero stress, but the stress can be manageable.

Litigation is a high stress environment. Mediation is not zero stress, but the stress can be manageable

In mediation, the clients control the time spent to complete the process.

Litigation can take years to complete. In mediation, the clients control the time spent to complete the process.

In mediation, the clients can make up their own rules.

In trial, the rules are set by law. In mediation, the clients can make up their own rules.

Mediation is based in compromise – it’s a way to make peace.

Litigation is adversarial by design, and can feel like a battle between the litigants. Mediation is based in compromise – it’s a way to make peace.

In mediation, the client can select a convenient location to meet.

In litigation, you see the Judge wherever she/he works. In mediation, the client can select a convenient location to meet.

In mediation, the days of the week & time of days can be selected by the parties.

In litigation, the days of the week and the time of day that the parties are required to participate is scheduled by the Judge and the court system. In mediation, the days of the week and the time of days can be selected by the parties to meet their individual needs.

Mediation takes place in a private, confidential environment.

Litigation takes place in a public forum. Mediation takes place in a private, confidential environment.

Mediation usually results in a good outcome that preserves family relationships.

In litigation, the lack of control, high costs, high stress, extended time, rigid rules, adversarial process, inconvenient location, inconvenient times, and the public nature of the process often leads to a bad outcome. In mediation, the client’s control, managed costs, reduced stress, short timeframe, flexible rules, spirit of compromise, convenient location, convenient times, and private forum usually results in a good outcome that preserves family relationships.

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