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Neutral Training and Qualifications

Early Evaluation Neutrals must meet the requirements set forth in the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, specifically Rule 114.13(e)

Social Early Neutral Evaluation Training Qualifications

The Rule requires that:

Family Law Evaluative Neutrals.  All qualified neutrals offering early neutral evaluations or non-binding advisory opinions:

(1) Shall have at least 5 years of experience as family law attorneys, as custody and visitation psychologists, or as other professionals working in the area of family law who are recognized as qualified practitioners in their field.

(2) Shall have completed 13 hours of Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) training.  Evaluative neutrals must have knowledge on all issues on which they render opinions.

(3) Shall have two approved ride a-longs.

(4) All qualifying family law evaluative neutrals must have completed a certified training in domestic abuse issues.

(5) Or the Family Law Evaluative Neutral has been previously accepted to the ENE program.

Financial Neutral Evaluation Training Qualifications

The Rule requires that:

(1) One neutral attorney or accountant with five years experience in divorce and custody matters.

(2) Shall have completed 13 hours of Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) training.  Evaluative neutrals must have knowledge on all issues on which they render opinions.

(3) Shall have two approved ride a-longs.