Alternative Dispute Resolution in Minnesota Divorce
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is present, in some form, in almost every Minnesota Divorce & Family Law case. ADR processes have become increasingly popular with Courts, Family Law attorneys and Parties because it offers a less litigious, better option for the potential resolution of contested issues such as Child Custody (Physical and Legal Custody), Child Support, Parenting Time (Visitation), Property and Debt Division, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) and related Family Law Financial Issues.
Three of the most common ADR proceses used in Family Court include Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), Financial Neutral Evaluation (FENE) and Divorce and Family Mediation.
SENE addresses issues regarding a minor child or minor children including parenting time, physical custody and legal custody. Typically, the SENE process is conducted by a male female team.
FENE in Minnesota
FENE addresses financial issues including property and debt division, asset valuation, marital and non-marital tracing of assets, spousal maintenance (alimony) and other divorce-related financial matters. Typically, the FENE process is conducted by a highly experienced Family Lawyer or CPA with substantial acumen in the financial aspects of Divorce and Family Law.
Mediation addresses all possible issues in a Divorce or Family Law case, including parenting time, physical custody, legal custody, financial issues including property and debt division, asset valuation, marital and non-marital tracing of assets, spousal maintenance (alimony) and any other issue that the parties feel needs to be addressed in order for the case to be resolved.
Benefits of Using ADR During Divorce
The benefits of Family Law ADR processes are well documented in Minnesota, and particularly in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, where ADR programs were developed as part of the Initial Case Management (ICMC) process in Divorce and Family Law cases to help parties resolve contested issues at the beginning stages of a case, instead of focusing on the latter stages of a case (such as the Pre-Trial or Trial).
Located in the historic Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Lake Harriet Law Office provides experienced and personalized legal representation exclusively in the area of Family Law.
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