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Early Neutral Evaluation

Early neutral evaluation can be used as a way of resolving issues which remain in dispute following initial negotiations. The process often helps parties avoid unnecessary litigation. Our Unified in Separation team are here to help guide you through the process to ensure you reach an effective resolution.

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The early neutral evaluation process

This approach involves a neutral third party telling you what the outcome of an issues could be if you were to make an application to court. While it is non-binding, as a form of alternative dispute resolution, the process helps to avoid court where there are smaller issues being discussed and can help to bring about early resolve.

Early neutral evaluation can be carried out in person or in writing and will involve your lawyer presenting your case to a barrister and asking for them to give an opinion. Although any indication given is not legally binding, the undertaking can narrow down any issues being disputed and avoid going to court.

How early neutral evaluation forms part of a more holistic approach

Early neutral evaluation is often used in conjunction with mediation, one lawyer divorce and following round table negotiations, and is an integral part of the process for many couples.

Our Unified in Separation specialists work with you across the full range of issues faced by separating couples to help you make the best of the situation quickly and effectively.

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