Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)

When you’re beginning the divorce process, unless you’ve practiced law, it’s going to be impossible for you to know how your case will end. Most people have very little knowledge of the law, and even fewer have any knowledge of divorce or family law. That’s where I come in. At Amber M. Serwat Mediation, I act as an evaluator, a neutral third party in divorce cases to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and legality of cases. Through an early neutral evaluation, I can help you form a better understanding of every aspect of your divorce case, helping you decide how best to proceed based on how your case will likely play out. If you’re in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area and are in need of someone to talk you through your case to decide whether it’s worth going to court over, come to me for and honest early neutral evaluation.

Predicting the Legal Outcome of Your Case
Using only the facts, I’ll walk you through the pitfalls in your case and what could help you succeed in court, letting you see how your trial would look from start to finish. Based on the law and the legal rights of everyone involved in a case, an early neutral evaluation provides insight into how judges make their decisions, what influences those decisions, and how even the smallest detail can make or break your case if it goes to court. Once you’ve seen the most likely outcome of your case, it’s up to you to decide what to do with what you learned from the early neutral evaluation, whether that be proceeding to trial or settling your divorce in mediations.

Court Case Evaluations Prior to Trial

Whatever route you choose to take following the evaluation of your case, you can be sure that it’s your choice, and no matter the outcome of your early neutral evaluation. As your case evaluator, I would be the only person other than yourself to see the facts of your case or the outcome of my evaluation, meaning neither your spouse nor the judge involved in a trial would see any part of your case evaluation. This will ensure that, should you choose to take your divorce case to trial, a judge will not be biased or compelled by whatever decision I’ve predicted he or she will make, and the shortcomings and strengths of your case will not be broadcast for everyone involved in your case to see.

If you’re someone who’s looking to take your divorce case to trial for one reason or another, utilizing a case evaluator for an early neutral evaluation is probably the best thing you can do to begin the divorce process. By walking you through my evaluation, I can give you a clear idea of what your chances are of walking away from a trial with everything you wanted to gain from it as well as the risks involved in taking your case to trial. Evaluations are not advice, and they are not recommendations. Simply put, an early neutral evaluation is a way for you to tell me everything there is to know about your case so that you can find out how good a chance you have of winning in a trial. From there, every decision about your case is left up to you to make based on what you’ve learned and what you want out of your case.

Mediating Settlements after Early Neutral Evaluations

Should you choose to forgo a trial by settling your divorce through mediation, I can easily transition from conducting an early neutral evaluation to serving as your mediator during settlement. If you’re someone who’s looking to avoid going to trial, participating in mediation is your best and only real option, and even if you know from the start that you want to settle your divorce case outside of the courts, it’s still a great idea to seek guidance from a case evaluator to be sure that you know what will happen if you do have to go to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached. By taking advantage of an early neutral evaluation, you can prepare yourself from any detours your case might take along the way, and you’ll have a firm handle on what to expect at every unexpected turn.

As a provider of early neutral evaluations in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, I can provide a much-needed service to anyone looking to get a leg up in their divorce case. For an unbiased and accurate prediction of how your divorce case will turn out in a trial based on case facts and the law, contact Amber M. Serwat Mediation at 952-252-1492, or email amber@amsmediationplus.com.

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