Hennepin County FENE

In Hennepin County, they have a program called “Financial Early Neutral Evaluation.”  It is similar to the custody and parenting time neutral evaluation program, but there are differences.  For example, there is only one evaluator and the parties are required to pay him or her an hourly rate. 

I have participated in Financial Early Neutral Evaluation proceedings in Hennepin County on numerous occasions.  My experience is that sometimes it is effective, sometimes it is not.  In my opinion, the difference is the quality, skill and experience of the neutral evaluator.   The hands-on evaluators who work actively to push both parties towards a reasonable settlement tend to get the best results.  The evaluators who seldom express an opinion, who rely on accountants or others to do their work, tend to get worse results.

Call me for more information and a free consultation at (952) 270-7700.

Daniel Fiskum is a Minnesota divorce attorney who has been practicing since 1992. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has been named a "Super Lawyer" by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics. Mr. Fiskum is currently writing a book for attorneys and non-attorneys entitled "The Streetfighter's Guide to Divorce," which is scheduled for publication in May, 2010. Many of his blog entries will appear in the book. You may contact attorney Fiskum directly at (952) 270-7700. His office is located in the Carlson Towers in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The Fiskum Law website is found at www.fiskumlaw.com.

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