June 17, 2019 Substantive Law

The View from Minnesota: How Early Neutral Evaluation Can Help in Family Cases

Reprinted with permission from Dispute Resolution, Spring 2019 (25:3), at 14-18. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

The dispute resolution process known as early neutral evaluation, or ENE, has been growing in popularity since it was introduced in California in the 1980s. Court officials and dispute resolution practitioners in Minnesota have been using ENE for family cases with considerable success for almost two decades.

Kelly Browe Olson, one of the guest editors for the Spring 2019 issue of Dispute Resolution magazine, interviewed Marty Swaden, a longtime Minneapolis-based attorney, mediator, arbitrator, special magistrate, early neutral evaluator, and parenting consultant who has been involved with this process for many years.

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