Family Court Process: Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)

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After you file your papers for a divorce or paternity case you have an Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC). You will get an ICMC data form. Different counties have different rules about the ICMC data form. Your county might want it mailed in ahead of time, or you may be able to just bring it on the day of your ICMC. Check your form for details about what you need to do. Remember to get a copy to the other person, or their lawyer too.

The ICMC is your first appearance in Family Court. It happens about 3 to 4 weeks after you file.

The ICMC is an informal meeting with the judge, you, the other person and your lawyers if you have them. The idea is for everyone to be able to speak freely and resolve as many issues as possible.

If there are issues left that are not resolved at the ICMC, the judge may ask for an Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE). There is also a chance that the judge will go ahead without an ENE, but then call for one later.