In Minnesota Family Law cases, Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) relates to child custody and parenting time. SENE cases are usually handled by a team consisting of one male evaluator and one female evaluator with specialized experience in family law and mental health issues that impact child custody and parenting time.
In most Family Law cases, the SENE (in some counties referred to as CPENE) process typically begins within one month after the first court appearance (also referred to as the Initial Case Management Conference or ICMC). When the SENE process is completed, the evaluators will contact the court regarding whether a partial or full settlement was reached by the parties with regards to custody and parenting time.
The SENE process is completely confidential (except in certain circumstances).
The SENE process has been adopted by Family Courts in all counties in the Twin Cities metro area and also by most outstate Minnesota counties. Attorney & Mediator Randall A. Smith conducts court ordered and private SENE evaluations and is on SENE rosters in several Twin Cities counties. He has extensive experience and training in mental health and addiction issues that are sometimes present in Family Law cases.
The benefit of using the SENE process is that it gives the parties a neutral evaluation of their case at the onset, in a confidential environment, and before the parties have spent considerable financial resources on the case. Most Judges are proponents of using the SENE process in Divorce and Family Law cases with contested issues regarding a child or children.
Randall A. Smith is the founder and principal attorney of Lake Harriet Law Office and has practiced law since 1996. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. from Hamline University, his J.D. from Drake University and his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
Lake Harriet Law Office represents clients in Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Southwest Minneapolis, Linden Hills, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, St. Paul, Wright County, Anoka County and Scott County.