Dakota County Moderated Settlement Program

Dakota County Family Court will be implementing the Moderated Settlement Program as a pilot project.  The Moderated Settlement Conference Program (MSC) is a confidential, voluntary evaluative process designed to facilitate dispute resolution in the later stages of family court matters.  The program offers the evaluative impressions of experienced attorney-moderators (called MSC Neutrals) to parties engaged in custody, parenting time, and financial disputes.  The MSC is held at the Dakota County Judicial Center and is typically completed after the first pretrial in the case.   Based on all of the information in the Court file and as provided by counsel or the parties, the MSC Neutral provides an opinion and feedback to the parties and their attorneys and assists in the settlement process.  Any agreements reached during this settlement conference will be placed on the record that day.
 
Dakota County will be opening up the application process for MSC Neutrals and will be limiting applications to those with 15 years of family law practice.   Those interested can complete an application and submit it to the address below:
 
Dakota County Judicial Center
District Court – MSC Program
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

Applications must be recieved no later than January 13, 2016 


Dakota County Early Neutral Evaluation

At this time, Dakota County Family Court will also be updating its roster of Early Neutral Evaluators.  Anyone interested must submit an application; including individuals that are existing ENE providers.  Applications should be submitted to the following address:

Dakota County Judicial Center
District Court – ENE Program
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

Completed application and materials must be recieved no later than January 13, 2016.

Learn about the Early Neutral Evaluation Program »