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Short form arbitration agreement in Australia

Submitted by Jamesnoble on Mon, 12/05/2022 - 00:39

Short Form Arbitration or in other words engaging a very experienced Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer to make a determination for both parties to separate as to what they are entitled to following the breakdown of their relationship in the form of a written opinion.

Avoid court altogether. A cost-effective resolution delivered speedily.

Instead of waiting years and going through a very expensive and stressful Court process, why not have a decision given to both parties to the relationship by one very experienced family lawyer?

If you need children and financial matters within a short time frame and in a cost-effective manner, then this may be a suitable process for you.

Firstly, engage an Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer, and secondly engage a specialist who is highly regarded in the industry.

What some people don’t realise is that a select few solicitors have been practicing in the Family Law field for longer than most judges who make well informed and consistent decisions to the standard of a Judge’s decision.

This decision can be provided to both parties without the years of torture and financial stress that is often experienced through the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia where you wait in line with other applicants for a decision which may not be handed down for a period of 2 to 3 years.

Experienced Short Form Arbitration Lawyer Brisbane
An Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer and a respected family lawyer, Mr James Noble, has had 40 years of practicing in Family Law.

James Noble has undertaken the following training:

Marriage Guidance Queensland – Divorce Mediation Course July 1990
Advanced Arbitration Training November 2006
Collaborative Law Workshop July 2007
Collaborative Law Training Program March and April 2008
Bond University – Advanced Mediation Course August 2008
Collaborating Down Under March 2009
Advanced Collaborative Practice Training March 2009
Dispute Resolution Training June 2009
Developing Collaborative Practice June 2010
Advanced Workshop Collaborative Practice November 2010
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training August 2011
Elevating Your Collaborative Practice Skills August 2013
Comprehensive Collaborative Practice Workshops 2014 and 2015
The process follows the lines that once a separated couple approach James to make an Arbitrary decision the following steps are required by James Noble:

James requires both parties to sign an agreement that they are entering into the process in good faith; James will be acting for both parties and cannot provide individual advice to either party.
Both parties are required to disclose in detailed statements the history of the relationship and what their future lives will be. This will include who contributed financially at the beginning of the relationship, who contributed financially and non-financially during the relationship (including the contribution of care of the children of the relationship, if any) and what the future holds for each party including details of their future financial security.
The parties and James will review each party’s disclosure. The parties will be required to complete a detailed instruction statement setting out this information. For their information may be required including financial documents. If the parties cannot agree values or financial details, documentation and/or valuations may be required. James will consider this information provided and deliver a written opinion.
The advantage of engaging a very experienced lawyer to determine the issues presented by both parties is that if the parties engage their separate representation, the lawyers engaged only see one side of the picture as presented by their client.

The engagement of an experienced lawyer by both parties enables any differing instructions to be viewed and discussed by both parties and the lawyer. Any differences hopefully can be resolved and if not the lawyer engaged can determine such issues in the written opinion he delivers.

What Happens when the lawyer engaged makes a decision. Is it binding on the parties?
Legally the answer is no. It must be formalized by a consent order by the court or the terms set out in a binding financial agreement.

If the parties do not accept the opinion delivered by the engaged lawyer, the matter will be well prepared for taking matter to court or to Arbitration and the matter remaining undecided may be limited to only a small number of issues which with the assistance or further legal advice may be readily resolved.

The parties can refer the matter back to the experienced lawyer for further advice if they so wish or clarification.

If you require a quick decision regarding children’s and/or financial matters following the breakdown of your relationship (and even before your divorce) form a resolution may well be your best option.

The Courts respect the decisions of Arbitrators and most in the Family Law community in Australia, from practicing solicitors to Judges alike now believe that competent Arbitrators can help the backlog of cases in the Family Courts of Australia.

At James Noble Law we have been accurately dealing with people’s matters for over 40 years.

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