Divorce Arbitration

ANTHONY C. ADAMOPOULOS – EXPERIENCED AND WELL TRAINED

I am a graduate of prestigious training programs including: the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Arbitration Training Institute; the International Arbitration Course of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the American Arbitration Association.

I have over twenty-five years of arbitration experience and have served in courts as a Discovery Master, Civil Master (law and facts), and Judicial Adjunct.

 

Using Deadlock ArbitrationSM to resolve the last issue.

Deadlock ArbitrationSM is the smart way out of negotiation deadlock in Adversarial Divorce, Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.

Deadlock is an uncompromising refusal by at least one party to move from a position. It can occur even after conscientious attorneys and conscientious parties have tried all available means to bring about a settlement. It can occur in the Adversarial Approach, the Mediation Approach and the Collaborative Approach.

What does it take to get to deadlock? What does it take to get out of deadlock?

Consider the following scenario which applies equally to each Divorce Approach:

Attorneys and respective clients (or clients and their mediator), in good faith, work their way successfully through many issues.

After a period, all issues are resolved except for one – How to handle the wife’s recent inheritance from her father’s estate.

The husband wants “his share” and the wife says it is all hers. Neither party will compromise. Resolution by negotiation (or mediation) has come to a deadlock!

Consider the effort and commitment expended on everything upon which the parties agree.

Consider that only one issue prevents a resolution. Deadlock ArbitrationSM can resolve that one issue.

In Deadlock ArbitrationSM, the parties decide and pick the right arbitrator to resolve their deadlock.

Their “handpicked” arbitrator travels to the parties where, in a format totally designed by the parties (with the help of their respective attorneys or their mediator), the arbitrator listens to the presentation of each side.

The arbitrator, within the time agreed upon, makes a decision and the divorcing parties move on.

  • Your preparation and obvious knowledge of the issues impressed everyone. Your procedure was very successful and largely because the parties trusted you to be discrete.

    B. A. M.D., Esq., Counsel for defendant
  • Attorney Anthony Adamopoulos conducts himself in a professional manner. He does not show favoritism to either side… . He clearly states the issues. I know that is what our company is looking for, someone who is fair and objective.

    L. H., Defense Claims Representative
  • You did a nice, quick job. I think the award was within the range I had anticipated. I had a high/low and the award was above the low and beneath the high.

    C. W. G., Esq., Counsel for plaintiff
  • My client was happy with your finding and defendant's attorney felt your award was within the parameters of the value of the case.

    P. N. O., Esq., Counsel for plaintiff
  • The award was made within 48 hours of the hearing. My client's claim was resolved in an expedient and fair manner without the delays necessitated by litigation.

    N. P. V., Esq., Counsel for plaintiff

Arbitration for Quick Divorce Resolution

What is divorce arbitration?

Divorce arbitration is a final and binding divorce resolution process. Under the process, each party submits their position, in a less formal, less legalistic manner, to a neutral third party (the arbitrator). A position, for example, could be that you feel that an inheritance received after your spouse declared for divorce should not be divided between you and your spouse. Your spouse believes it should be divided. After a hearing, the arbitrator makes a final and binding decision (an Award) on each disputed position. For example, the arbitrator would make an “Award” as to the inheritance.

Arbitration is an efficient and effective way for parties to resolve deadlock. Using the example about the inheritance, arbitration is more efficient because the parties may agree that this will be the only issue decided and it will be decided without the more expensive and slower formal court process. Arbitration can be more effective because the decision is final, binding and not easily subject to appeal.

In Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce, even well-intentioned parties may reach a deadlock. Too often, divorcing parties believe the only alternative to deadlock is a court trial. Going to court means involving a judge and following rules and procedures that can slow resolution and cost money. Then, after every court trial, each spouse faces the possibility of an appeal by the other.

Benefits of arbitration:

  • Avoids unnecessary costs.
  • Avoids unnecessary delays and rescheduling associated with going to court.
  • Gets past deadlock and on to final resolution without court intervention.

Point to Consider

Arbitration provides:

  • Privacy – Testimony and documents are not made public records.
  • Confidentiality – The arbitration hearing is not open to the public.
  • Speed – Arbitration hearings can be scheduled within days; court trials may take months to be scheduled.
  • Shared Control - Both parties share in the selection of the arbitrator and decide when and where the hearing will be held.

As the arbitrator of your divorce issues, I will:

  • Discuss with your attorney and your spouse's attorney, in joint conference, any specific interests, for example: confidentiality, informality and the time of day the hearing will be held.
  • Discuss with your attorney and your spouse's attorney, in joint conference, any specific issues concerning the process.
  • Schedule your arbitration hearing in cooperation with your attorney and your spouse's attorney.
  • Conduct the arbitration hearing in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Give my decision within a mutually agreed upon time frame.

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