EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATIONS (ENE)
Resolve your case early / Reduce your emotional and financial investment
An Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) frequently recommended by the court. Participating in an ENE can move your case toward early resolution, which can save you time and money. ENE is voluntary and confidential. It is a forum in which parties present the core of their dispute to a neutral evaluator. If you are represented by an attorney, then your attorney would also be present. This occurs after the case is filed, but before discovery is conducted. At the ENE, the neutral evaluator gives an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. This assessment is an opinion as to what the court might likely do if your case went to trial. Based upon this feedback there is an opportunity for many cases to settle. Even if settlement does not result, the neutral evaluator may help narrow the dispute and suggest guidelines for managing discovery. ENE is a high quality, affordable, prompt, and evaluative process. Contact Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, Jennifer J. Stevens today to schedule your evaluation. Jennifer will help you resolve your case early to reduce your emotional and financial investment.
What You Should Know:
Two Types of Early Neutral Evaluation:
There are two types of Early Neutral Evaluation designed to assist you with your case:
- Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE): Addresses financial and marital estate issues, like property, debts, child support, and spousal maintenance.
- Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE): Addresses custody and parenting time issues and is an alternative to a traditional custody evaluation. Traditional custody evaluations can be extremely costly and time-consuming.
Some cases need one or both types of ENE.