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Guidance In Mediation

In most contested cases, the court will require your legal dispute to go through some form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Mediation, ADR and early neutral evaluation (ENE) are all mechanisms that can be used to resolve your conflict outside of the courtroom, including family law cases. We would be happy to mediate your matter and assist everyone involved to reach a resolution. We have multiple conference rooms to help conduct mediation.

At Evenson Decker, P.A., we are at the forefront of mediation. We have the expertise to advise clients when mediation is in their best interest. Mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and early neutral evaluation (ENE) aren’t just for family disputes. Our team can help settle business, real estate and other legal disputes out of court.

Contact us to learn more and set up a consultation today.

Mediation Basics

Generally, mediation tends to be less costly and less adversarial than courtroom litigation, and typically has a high rate of success. If a court has decided on mediation for you, it’s generally your last, best chance to have your say in the outcome.

Evenson Decker, P.A., attorneys JoAnn Evenson and Aaron Decker are Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals, and are available to conduct mediation for private parties upon request:


Mediation is a nonbinding process in which parties to a dispute work with an impartial neutral who helps them settle. The mediator does not decide the case but instead helps create an agreement between the parties. Except under some court-mandated programs, mediation is a consensual effort: both parties must agree to it.

Mediation can be tailored to suit the needs of the parties, and the role of the neutral can adjust accordingly. The parties can convert the mediation into an arbitration proceeding, which would make the mediator’s decision binding.

Early Neutral Evaluation

ENE is a Minnesota program standing for early neutral evaluation (ENE) is a confidential, voluntary, evaluative process designed to facilitate prompt dispute resolution in custody, parenting time (visitation) and financial matters. The program offers the evaluative impressions of experienced professionals to parties engaged in these types of disputes.

The ENE process is typically completed within one month of parties filing matter with court. A party may choose to end the ENE session at any time.

Contact An Attorney For Mediation Assistance Today

At Evenson Decker, P.A., we establish close working relationships with clients, resulting in strong and effective representation. If you find yourself in need of a mediation attorney, please contact us today or give us a call at 320-301-1025 to schedule an appointment.