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Early Neutral Evaluation


 "Couples part but family is forever"


WHAT IS ENE?                               A WIN – WIN scenario


The Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) process is one of the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) “Evaluative Processes” recognized by Rule 114.02(a)(5)
ENE is an innovative service providing assistance to parents in a divorce or paternity matter.   The primary focus of ENE is to provide the parties with an early and frank evaluation, a reality check of both the merits of the case and of expeditious ways to achieve resolution. The process is confidential and empowers the parties to maintain control of a very private and personal matter.


Early Neutral Evaluation blends the skills and benefits of mediation, custody study, and settlement conferences. The evaluation focuses specifically on the key issues raised by the facts of the case and the controlling law. The evaluators, always a male and female team, identify the key issues. Experience has shown that once the evaluation is delivered, parties are more willing to discuss settlement options.


Early neutral evaluation is intended to provide expert input regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each side's case and the likely outcome. Early neutral evaluation is affordable and confidential process.  The primary focus of ENE is to provide the parties with an early and frank evaluation, a reality check, of both the merits of the case and of expeditious ways to achieve resolution. The process is confidential and empowers the parties to maintain control of a very private and personal matter.

The expertise and flexibility provided by our evaluators set ENE apart from any other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method. All Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) sessions are facilitated by a male- female team of professionals.  The evaluators have the expertise and experience in areas of family court related matters. With one evaluator having legal knowledge and the other with a social focused  background such as a Guardian Ad Litem, Custody Evaluator, Parenting Consultant, etc.  Typically, the ENE session takes approximately four (4) hours. The ENE team keeps the session very focused and moving along in a constructive pace. 

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ENE means “early” neutral evaluation.  We understand parents may need assistance no matter what stage of the family dissolution or court process they are at.  By offering  ENE  services at any stage where the parties need help resolving custody and parenting time disputes has proven extremely successful.  Moreover, this process has kept parties from continually returning to court.

Parties who elect to participate in the ENE process do not need to retain an attorney for this process. However, if you have a retained attorney, the attorneys must also agree to the ENE process. The party’s attorneys (if represented) are encouraged to attend. However, their attendance is not mandatory; nonetheless the attorneys will be expected to be available by phone for their client, if not in attendance.

 

Contact info@smfsci.com for more information

Southeastern Minnesota Family Support Center, Inc.   can assist you in successfully resolving your custody and parenting time disputes, no matter what stage of the family court process you are at. We provide parents with an effective and beneficial alternative to your unresolved parenting disputes.

 

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