Alternative Dispute ResolutionAlternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is defined as a means of settling a dispute without litigation, or a court battle. ADR is an alternative to litigation and can save individuals time and money and can reduce the burden on the very busy court system. Alternative dispute resolution can come in several forms including mediation, early neutral evaluation, negotiation, and arbitration. Minnesota courts actually strongly encourage individuals and their attorneys to solve issues via alternative dispute resolution before proceeding with a court proceeding. AMS Mediation specializes in offering those in the Minnesota area a thorough and effective option for mediation and dispute resolution services that will empower you to achieve a fair and equitable solution to your unique situation.

Comprehensive Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

Divorce is a very common issue successfully settled using mediation or an alternative dispute resolution service. Depending on your unique situation, you and your divorcing spouse may benefit from divorce mediation, custody mediation, an early neutral evaluation, or parenting consultant to settle issues such as the determination of parenting time (also known as custody arrangements), division of property and negotiation of spousal and/or child support payment.

You and your partner know your family and your personal situation best. The success of alternative dispute resolution is based on this simple fact. Leaving all major decisions related to your divorce and/or custody issues to a court leads can lead to long term problems and conflict between the two parties, less overall satisfaction with the settlement and even a higher rate of need for adjustments by the court. Mediation leaves the decision making power to the two parties, which actually decreases overall conflict and finds a solution built on strong communication and compromise, which lays a foundation for future co-parenting and other interaction.

Settle your Divorce in an Affordable, Respectful and Fair Way

Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation has a very personal interest in alternative dispute resolution services. She has been through a difficult divorce herself and has personally experienced an adversarial divorce with significant conflict. Amber is a MN Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, an Early Neutral Evaluator and obtained a graduate certificate of Dispute Resolution. She offers a wide variety of options for alternative dispute resolution services that can assist with divorce, custody issues and separate parenting. For more information or to schedule a time for a free consultation with Amber, call her at 952-252-1492 or email


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.


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. We are now working remotely and ensure the ongoing availability of mediation, PC, PTE and other ADR services.

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492.

We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at


We continue to 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 adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, remain resilient and stay healthy!

Amber Serwat and Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional and ADR Assistant

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