Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) – Rochester MN

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a confidential, voluntary, evaluative process designed to facilitate prompt dispute resolution in circumstances of conflict. Our experienced professionals offer evaluative perspectives to parties engaged in disputes. Feedback is provided to parties and their attorneys based on case presentations and information gathering.

We are a neutral third party that will provide a space where each party can be heard. As a neutral third party will work to help the parties see beyond their differences and find common ground. Having this sort of help can make it easier for both parties to see what they have to gain from cooperating and reaching a mutually acceptable resolution.

Benefits of ENE

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) strives to move families through court efficiently and inexpensively by working with them early on to reach agreements that will foster the best interests of their families. ENE helps parties focus on the critical issues they face in a confidential, non-confrontational, and settlement-oriented alternative dispute resolution program.

In ENE, parties and their attorneys attend an ENE session with our experienced evaluator. Each side presents its view. We will discuss the case alone and then share a neutral perspective on the merits of each position. We identify the key issues and predict how the case is most likely to conclude. The parties are always able to confer with their attorneys and discuss settlement. Sometimes additional meetings are scheduled.

Over half of the cases settle during the first session and over three-fourths reach at least some agreement. Absent full resolution, the team advises the assigned judge about areas of agreement, additional needed services and how to focus future assistance on the most relevant issues.

Financial Considerations

Most who participate in ENE will save a considerable amount of time and money versus contentious litigation in a traditional court setting. ENE is, on average, fully concluded within 90 days. A full determination in a traditional court setting can easily take more than a full year’s time.

The fair and efficient administration of justice requires that all cases in family court receive timely attention. This requires the judicial system to handle cases expeditiously and with consistency, fairness and sound decisions.

Olmsted County Early Neutral Evaluation

For effective and compassionate guidance when you are facing a circumstance of conflict, turn to Walters & Wintering, Ltd. Our Minnesota ADR Neutral can help you create a future that will work for you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 507-281-5857 or simply contact us online. We accept credit cards for our clients’ convenience.