#1 – save money. Many people hire a divorce mediator to save money. In a traditional litigation divorce process with two attorneys, each party typically spends five to ten thousand dollars – much more if there are contested issues and/or a trial. In contrast, a fully mediated settlement may incur two to three thousand dollars, total.

#2 – save time. Mediation resolves issues faster than litigation and trial. Court dates are often scheduled months out and once on the docket, court dates and trials are often continued for a multitude of reasons. Such delays can drag divorce cases out for months and even years. Scheduling divorce mediation is as simple as making a phone call, and it is possible that the issues will be resolved in just one day.

#3 – a chance to be heard. A divorce mediator will also listen to your concerns and understand the things that are most important to you. Throughout the legal process and in particular, at the end of a trial, many parties feel that they did not get to “tell their story” or that their concerns were not taken seriously. Unfortunately, some of the most important issues to you and/or your family may not be “legal issues” and as such may not garner the attention of attorneys or the court. During mediation, you will have the opportunity to tell your entire story and address all of your concerns before creating your settlement.

#4 – privacy. Mediation is a confidential process which means your mediator does not share with court or anyone else the details of your negotiations. In contrast, family court hearings, are open to the public and motions and affidavits become part of the public record meaning that the details of your marriage will become part of the public record. Mediation provides a private forum in which to discuss and reach agreements. Greatly limiting the amount of private information available to strangers.

#5 – controlled outcomes. In mediation, the parties reach agreements and therefore control their own outcomes. Unlike a judge, a divorce mediator is not a decision maker. After a trial or a hearing, parties are confused by and frustrated with the judge’s ruling. There’s an adage in family law that there are no winners in family court. When a judge is making decisions, you have no control of the outcomes and it is possible (even likely) that you will not like the outcomes. In divorce mediation, you and your spouse work together to craft agreements that best suit your individual needs and lifestyles. All settlements include concessions and even though you may not get everything you want in your settlement, there are no surprises at the end of mediation.


The safety of clients, ourselves, and colleagues is our top priority while we remain available to assist you as you navigate the new and uncharted territory caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Offering All Services Virtually

While providing virtual ADR services was not part of our plan, we have made the necessary accommodations to ensure we can continue to serve our clients during these unsettling times. All services are currently available through virtually. We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at https://zoom.us/download.


Limited In-Person Services

We have resumed limited in-person services for sessions with 1 or 2 participants scheduled for a maximum of 2 hours. Masks are required in our building and in session. Availability is subject to change based on local regulations and CDC guidelines.


Office Hours

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492. Gabe can be reached via email at gabe@amsmediationplus.com.


New Clients Welcome

We offer free 1-hour divorce consultations via Zoom. Potential PC and PTE clients are invited to schedule a free 15-minute phone call. Please call 952.252.1492 to set up an appointment. We are here to help!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, stay resilient, and stay healthy!


Amber Serwat & Gabe Frye
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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