Early Neutral Assessment Lawyers In Denver, Colorado
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Early Neutral Assessment is a blend of collaborative law and traditional mediation, Early Neutral Evaluations or Early Neutral Assessment (ENA or ENE for short) is providing couples with a new path through the emotionally-charged divorce process.
ENA is part of the Colorado Dispute Resolution Act and is a voluntary alternative dispute resolution process. Designed to help parties reach an early settlement of their divorce or separation without the contentious nature and expense of ongoing litigation
Here’s how ENA works:
Divorcing parties meet with a team of two evaluators, typically an attorney and a therapist or mental health specialist who have had no prior involvement with the particular case. Evaluation teams are comprised of one man and one woman to avoid any gender bias. This initial meeting takes place within the first 60 days that a case is at issue. Early assessment is essential. A joint session is scheduled with the team, the parties, and their attorneys where each party is able to express their concerns, frustrations, feelings, and needs. Both parties are also given an opportunity to address the concerns of the other.
The evaluators then provide their expert assessment of the case’s likely outcome if it were to proceed to a hearing. The team then provides settlement suggestions and assists in mediating a settlement, if needed.
Every component of the process is designed to move the parties towards resolution, increasing the likelihood of an early settlement and giving the parties the chance to freely discuss – in a safe environment – some of the emotions that can send divorce proceedings off the rails in a traditional approach.
The biggest difference between mediation and ENA is the insight, specific recommendations and settlement suggestions that are provided to the parties in order to help them reach a resolution.