I’ve Filed for Divorce in Minnesota. What’s Next? Go!

As early as three weeks after filing for divorce, the parties must appear before the judicial officer assigned to their case. This first appearance is called the "Initial Case Management Conference." The ICMC is an informal hearing. No arguments are presented, or decisions made - except for a determination concerning how to move forward in the most efficient manner. Any issues that are not resolved among the parties can be resolved through … Read More

Minnesota’s Social Early Neutral Evaluation Model for Divorce and Paternity Cases

More than 95% of the cases we handle settle short of trial. When custody issues are involved, many of our clients participate in a process known as social early neutral evaluation - an SENE. In a social early neutral evaluation, the lawyers and clients will meet with a pair of evaluators. These individuals are usually social workers, custody evaluators, or experienced family law practitioners. The team will consist of one male and one female, … Read More

Anoka County Taking A Shot At Early Neutral Evaluations In Divorce Cases

Following Hennepin County's lead, and a statewide trend, the Anoka County District Court has implemented a pilot early neutral evaluation program for divorcing couples. The evaluations focus on the two key issues involved in a dissolution: custody of children and economics. Couples can divert from the court system and meet with qualified "neutrals" who will facilitate settlement discussions and (unlike traditional mediation) offer opinions … Read More