Early Neutral Evaluation in Warren County
If your divorce or post-decree case is pending before the Warren County Court of Common Pleas, Division for Domestic Relations, and parenting, property or support issues are in dispute, you may be ordered to attend Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”).
Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) is a confidential dispute resolution option offered by the Court to help litigants settle their disputes. A brochure which describes the process is available on the Court’s website or from your attorney. In short, the ENE process provides an opportunity for spouses and their attorneys to discuss specific issues with the advantage of having the ENE Evaluator’s input regarding the likely outcome of the unresolved issue(s) if the matter proceeds to trial. ENE is not mediation.
One week prior to your ENE session, each party will submit a Parenting Perspective Brief, Division of Assets/Debt Brief and/or Spousal Support Intake Brief, as appropriate, to the Court. Completion of the Briefs is very important as the ENE Evaluator will review the Brief’s and any documentation provided prior to your scheduled ENE session.
At the ENE, the Evaluator will oversee the discussion to allow each party and attorney the opportunity to be heard in an atmosphere of cooperation and respect. The Evaluator will seek additional information from the parties or attorneys, if necessary. Once the information is gathered, there will be a short break to provide the Evaluator the opportunity to consider the issues and determine probable outcomes for the parties. The Evaluator will then present this feedback and options to the parties and counsel. The parties will be given an opportunity to consult privately with their attorneys to review and discuss the Evaluator’s feedback. The parties will reconvene and discuss results.
Early Neutral Evaluation is provided at no cost to the parties. No electronic monitoring or use of social media of any type is permitted during ENE. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, recording devices, facetime, etc.
When you need a skilled and experienced family law lawyer to guide you through Early Neutral Evaluation, contact Christopher M. Alexander at (513) 228 – 1100, mobile (513) 226 – 8489, or online at Chris@awklegal.com.