Minnesota residents know that divorce can turn into a traumatic and painful experience. If both parties are unwilling to compromise, the process can become drawn out and arduous. However, a number of Minnesota counties, including Hennepin and Ramsey, have a process that can help divorcing couples reach an agreement on most divorce issues.
The Early Neutral Evaluation process is used by courts in many counties to help resolve issues that divorcing parties have been unable to agree on. It is not a formal court procedure, but a voluntary process that both parties and their attorneys must agree to participate in. There are circumstances in which an individual may not wish to participate in ENE, including if one party is fearful of the other; if one party has been abusing the other; if only one party has a lawyer; or if one party believes that the other will not act honestly during the process.