Financial Early Neutral Evaluations
Equitable division of assets during a divorce does not necessarily mean an equal division of assets. Not all property can simply be split straight down the middle. For example, one party may want to keep the family home, while the other party may prioritize the preservation of retirement assets. This can lead to disagreements.
Thankfully, Minnesota law provides divorcing couples with many options for resolving these types of financial disagreements without having to go to battle in court. The reality is that the most favorable agreements for both parties are not always found by a judge in court — someone who knows little about your individual needs and circumstances. You and your spouse have the power to reach meaningful agreements about property division, provided you have the appropriate tools. One of those tools is the Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE).
Facilitating a Successful FENE
At Dwire Law Offices, P.A., in Lakeville, we offer ENE services from lawyer and certified Early Neutral Evaluator Todd Dwire. Mr. Dwire comes to these matters with more than 22 years of experience practicing family law in Minnesota courtrooms.
During the FENE process, you may still be represented by a lawyer who will continue to serve as your advocate and help you voice your position. As the neutral evaluator, however, Mr. Dwire will not take sides. Over the course of one or possibly multiple meetings, he will work with you and your spouse to understand the reasons for the disputes over asset division, support payments or other financial issues. He will review any relevant financial documentation. He will analyze the issues and offer information about the application of Minnesota law. In the end, he will offer evaluative feedback and recommendations about how you and your spouse may agree to resolve the case.
You and your spouse will each have the opportunity to meet with your respective attorneys to discuss the proposed resolution and determine whether you wish to accept it, engage in further negotiation or take the matter to court.