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Early Neutral Evaluation, or ENE, is an alternative to divorce or child custody cases and takes place outside the courtroom. ENE is voluntary and confidential, which means the details of any negotiation are only available to the participants. However, once an agreement is reached, confidentiality is waived so the agreement can be enforced.
There are two types of Early Neutral Evaluation – social and financial. Social Early Neutral Evaluation or SENE involves all issues regarding custody or parenting time. Financial Early Neutral Evaluation or FENE involves all issues of property and debts, child support, and spousal maintenance.
The process takes place outside the traditional courtroom with the parties usually in the same room. Each party is asked questions by the evaluators and given an opportunity to participate. Even though the process is information, it is still a controlled setting, and the participants are not allowed to interrupt each other. After the evaluators meet and discuss the case, they return with their opinion as to what may happen if the case were to go to court. The parties are then given an opportunity to negotiate based on this feedback. If an agreement is reached, the evaluators inform the court. If an agreement is not reached, the court will decide for them.
The experienced family law attorneys have assisted hundreds of clients throughout the Early Neutral Evaluation process. Before deciding if ENE is right for you, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the types of issues you need to resolve. Our legal professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation.
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If you are placed under arrest, the officer has most likely completed an investigation leading to the belief that there was probable cause that you committed a crime. At this point, the officer has made their decision. Do not think that you could say or do anything to change the officer’s mind.
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If convicted, the prosecution could use any negative conduct to support a harsher sentence. In short, displaying aggressive behavior toward police will only cause trouble. Even if you are scared, angry, or are experiencing high anxiety, you must maintain composure and politely request to speak to an attorney in private.
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