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Abbreviated Hearing

The arbitrator will review the matter and confirm whether or not it is appropriate for the arbitration process selected.

When to use this service:

The abbreviated hearing is appropriate for multi-issue matters such as:

  • Developing parenting plans;
  • Custody and access;
  • Support matters;
  • Mobility applications for a parent moving out of Alberta;
  • And division of property or property exemptions.


A pre-arbitration conference call is recommended.

Parties shall exchange disclosure.

  1. Written evidence is required. Oral evidence is optional
  2. Both parties will submit up to 10-pages of written arguments and up to 30-pages of supporting documents (This is due 4 weeks prior to the Arbitration Award)
  3. Each party will then have the opportunity to write and submit a rebuttal to the other party’s argument. Both parties will submit up to 8-pages of written arguments and up to 15-pages of supporting documents (This is due 3 weeks prior to the Arbitration Award)
  4. Parties have the option to attend our office to give oral evidence and or arguments. Parties may choose to submit up to 5-pages of written arguments instead of giving oral evidence (This will occur 10 days prior to the Arbitration Award)
  5. Can be booked as a 1 hour, ½ day hearing or full day hearing
  6. The Arbitrator will issue a binding written decision (the Arbitration Award) and Consent Order within 10 business days of the hearing


1-hour approximately $800 – $2,000

½ day (up to 4 hours) $2,00 – $4,000

Full day (up to 8 hours) $4,000 – $8,000

Prices are subject to the arbitrator selected and whether or not oral evidence is required.

*Please note, Jones Divorce Mediation Inc. reserves the right to increase fees if unexpected difficulties arise resulting in an increased scope of the issues to be resolved. You will be provided with advanced notice of any rate changes.

Tips for Written Evidence & Argument

  • The page limits for all supporting documents are strictly enforced. Any pages over the limit will not be read by the arbitrator. The arbitrator has the authority to deem certain supporting documents inadmissible.
  • All written statements should include the results you are seeking (the written statements) and the evidence you wish to rely on.
  • Clearly indicate the title of the document, your name, the other parties name and the arbitrator.
  • All written evidence and arguments must meet the following requirements:
    • 8 ½” x 11” paper;
    • 1-inch margins;
    • Times New Roman font (or equivalent) at 12-point font;
    • 1.5 line spacing; and
    • Single sided;