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Financial Early Neutral Evaluation

August 14, 2015

Early Neutral Evaluator MNThe practice of Financial Early Neutral Evaluations (FENE) is relatively new in Minnesota and has been growing in popularity. The FENE have become a regular part of the Minnesota Family Court System. It is similar to mediation in that it is an Alternative Dispute Resolution process. This can be a wonderful resource for resolving outstanding financial issues with the help of an informed Early Neutral Evaluator. Johnson Mediation provides confidential Financial Early Neutral Evaluation services in a process that is less adversarial and less expensive than traditional litigation in a MN courtroom.

Understanding Financial Early Neutral Evaluation FENE

Understanding the Who, What, Where, Why and When of Financial Early Neutral Evaluation can benefit couples who are considering divorce or in the divorce process.

Who: The Financial ENE Process may be recommended to divorcing parties and their attorneys at an initial case management conference.

What: A Financial Early Neutral Evaluation is a voluntary and non-binding process where both parties meet with an evaluator to present their facts and arguments.

Where: Meetings with a MN Qualified Early Neutral Evaluator can take place at Johnson Mediation in Chanhassen, MN.

Why: The goal of FENE is to resolve financial issues without the unnecessary expense and time of litigation in court.

When: The first meeting is within 7 days of the Initial Case Management Conference. The FENE process is completed within 60 days.

Financial Early Neutral Evaluation Process

  1. After the initial decision to meet with a Minnesota Qualified Early Neutral Evaluator, both parties and their attorneys will have the first meeting within 7 days. The first meeting is approximately 3 hours in length. Each party will have the opportunity to present information regarding monthly expenses, debt, assets and income to the evaluator.
  1. The neutral evaluator will listen to all of the information and ask questions to get a better understanding of the situation. At the close of the first meeting the evaluator often provides a list of information needed to continue with the Financial Early Neutral Evaluation Process.
  1. A new meeting date will be set to go over the newly gathered information.
  1. The evaluator will next meet with all parties and discuss their opinion and recommendations for an agreement. Both parties have the opportunity to ask questions to clarify or understand the recommendation. Parties work with the evaluator to reach an agreement on financial issues.
  1. The Financial Early Neutral Evaluation must be completed within 60 days or notify the court that an agreement could not be reached.

MN State Qualified Neutral Financial Evaluator

Johnson Mediation is a Minnesota Qualified Early Neutral Evaluator. We are experienced in the MN Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) process and can be of assistance to parties in a divorce. The goal is to reach agreement on Financial Issues without the time and expense of litigation. The Financial ENE process remains voluntary and confidential.

Contact Johnson Mediation for Financial Early Neutral Evaluations. Use our Online Form or Call (952) 401-7599.

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