Why Not Early Neutral Assessment?

Why Not Early Neutral Assessment?

The Early Neutral Evaluation or Early Neutral Assessment (ENA) process has its roots in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The process assists families to resolve child related matters early on in a contested divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities case. The hope was to get the matters related to children settled early so as to lessen the impact on the children while also ensuring these concerns did not become conflated with financial matters. The process and team was designed with care. Team members possessing a strong background in family law matters and parenting disputes are essential. Each team member is a highly … Read more

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself Part 2

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself Part 2

Representing yourself at trial can be daunting. This article is intended to help you prepare to represent yourself at a hearing or trial by providing information about evidence and exhibits. You might start with our previous post on preparing for trial when you are representing yourself. EVIDENCE Remember when you learned the scientific method in grade school? The Colorado Rules of Evidence somewhat mirror the scientific method—they help you marshal all the clues into one large coherent story. The Colorado Rules of Evidence are the rules that govern how each party’s story will be told and they apply to each … Read more

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself

Representing yourself at trial? Here are a few pointers for planning your time and witness preparation.  It may sound difficult, but if you allow yourself enough time, you can prepare yourself for your hearing. TIME FOR TRIAL and PREPARATION To plan your case, you MUST know how much time is allotted for your hearing. It should be printed on your Notice, in a Pre-Hearing Order, or in your Case Management Order. If you do not have such a Notice or Order, call the Court Clerk and ask how much time is allotted for the hearing, and how much of that … Read more

Top 10 Divorce Mistakes

1. Hiding Money The Court will look with extreme disfavor on any party who hides money in anticipation of a separation or divorce. Always play fair with the other party. You will be disclosing all your financials as a requirement under Colorado law. Hiding assets is rarely successful. Remember that upon service of a Petition for Dissolution (divorce papers) temporary injunctions go into effect and specifically prohibit this type of behavior. Violation of the temporary injunctions is a very serious offense and could result in being found in contempt of court and lead to fines and/or time in jail. 2. … Read more

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Do I Need a Lawyer?

My grandmother lived in the same small South Dakota town since the end of World War II and died at the age of 92 in 2013. My mother was tasked with administering her estate. Even I assumed the process would be relatively easy. My grandmother had a small amount of assets and had a will. Wrong! South Dakota required the personal representative of the estate (i.e. the “executor”) to hire an attorney. When another family member died in late 2016, a brief inquiry by his personal representative revealed that the law in South Dakota remains unchanged. To administer even a small … Read more