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
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.
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…
What Is An FENE…And Why Do They Work?
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)…
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…