Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)

One thing that divorcing spouses or unwed parents can often agree on, even in the midst of a dispute, is the desire for an efficient resolution of their issues so they can move on with their lives. For parties who disagree on parenting or financial issues, early neutral evaluation (ENE) can facilitate an efficient settlement while reducing acrimony and avoiding the emotional and financial costs associated with litigation.

At Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., in Minneapolis, we are one of Minnesota's leading firms for ENE and are considered thought leaders in the broader area of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for family law. We are experts in our field and provide our clients with attentive service, leaving them in control of how their cases are settled.

How ENE Works

During ENE, parties are given a chance to present their case, and evaluators who facilitate the process will be allowed to ask questions. The evaluators use that information to predict what will happen if these issues were to be decided in court, which often leads the parties to continue working to resolve the issues through ENE. Once the ENE sessions are completed, the evaluators will produce a report that lists any agreements the parties have made.

Entering into ENE is voluntary, but if there are issues that the parties cannot work out, the court can order ENE as part of the resolution process. Information that is shared or presented during ENE sessions will remain private, but the court will be informed of agreements that are reached as a result of the sessions.

Types Of ENE

There are two types of ENE: social ENE and financial ENE. Social ENE is for resolving parenting issues between divorcing spouses and unwed parents such as child custody and parenting time. Financial ENE is for resolving property disagreements. This includes the division of debt, which has become a crucial issue in many divorces since economic conditions worsened for many in the past few years.

Is ENE Right for You?

ENE can be an ideal process for couples who wish to maintain an amicable relationship once their disputes are resolved, as well as those who want to try an alternative method of dispute resolution before going through with a trial. If you wish to learn more about how ENE could benefit you, contact us today to schedule a meeting. Our Minnesota early neutral evaluation lawyers can explain the entire process and make sure you are prepared for the road ahead.