Types of Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) During a Minnesota Divorce

The resolution of Social and Financial issues during a divorce case is advantageous for all parties.  Early Neutral Evaluation is a voluntary process that can provide options for settling disputes regarding parenting time, child custody, spousal maintenance, property division, asset valuation, and related matters.  There are two different Early Neutral Evaluation processes in Minnesota: Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE,) and Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE).


When there are custody and parenting time issues to resolve, a SENE can be performed to help parents reach agreements.  The SENE process is usually scheduled within a month of the first court appearance (also called the Initial Case Management Conference).  The SENE focuses on determining the best arrangements for addressing parenting time and custody between the parents. The SENE process typically requires a female and male evaluator with substantial experience in Minnesota family law and alternative dispute resolution.  In most case, one of the evaluators is a licensed social worker, psychologist or therapist. The SENE process is voluntary and confidential.


When the parties have financial disputes, such as the division of property, the valuation of assets, or a request for spousal maintenance, the FENE process can be agreed to by the parties as a method to help address these financial matters.  The FENE evaluator is typically a lawyer (or a CPA) with substantial family law experience, and who has a demonstrated history of resolving complex financial issues during a divorce. This FENE process is voluntary and confidential.

If you are considering divorce, please contact the family law experts at Minneapolis-based Lake Harriet Law Office.

Published On: March 7, 2018Categories: Family Law Updates

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