Early Neutral Evaluation

Early neutral evaluation is a dispute resolution process that has gained substantial momentum in the last 15 years. The parties, and lawyers, meet with an expert in a confidential, non-binding process designed to facilitate a final agreement. That session takes place early in the case, before litigants become entrenched in their positions.

Divorce often requires a series of meetings to determine custody, support, and the division of property and assets. There are several meetings that take place before you get a final divorce decree, even if you opt for an alternative dispute resolution process like mediation. The impression that you make at these meetings can have a

More and more Minnesota counties are providing divorce litigants with an opportunity to resolve their financial issues through a process known as “Financial Early Neutral Evaluation.” Settlement success rates in the FENE model are astonishing – as high as 75% in some jurisdictions.

An FENE involves a half-day session (or two, or three, or four)

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