In an effort to assist parents in making their own decisions regarding how to dissolve their marriage, the court often recommends that the parties in a divorce participate in Social or Financial Early Neutral Evaluation. This confidential process allows the parties and their attorneys to meet with professional evaluators who will listen to both parties and then make recommendations to the parties on disputed issues.
In Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), the parties meet with one male and one female neutral evaluator. The evaluators listen to both parties points of view on custody and parenting time and then make recommendations. The parties can then accept the recommendations, suggest modifications or reject them.

In Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE), the parties meet with professional evaluators to discuss the division of their assets and debts. Similar to SENE, the evaluators make recommendations which the parties can accept, modify or reject.