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Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)

Early neutral evaluation (ENE) is a confidential alternative dispute resolution method designed for faster settlement of cases. Hennepin County Family Court Services provides the facilitators, and is a county agency separate from the court.

ENE is for divorcing parents and never-married parents who are involved in a court case because they disagree on custody, visitation/access or parenting plans for their minor children. ENE moves families through the court process as quickly, fairly and inexpensively as possible. It also cuts court costs by reducing the number of expensive evaluations and reduces hostilities between the parties. It has also been shown to improve relationships with attorneys and parents.

There are two types of ENE based on whether the parties dispute financial support, or custody terms, or both.

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