Minnesota Blending FamiliesThe blending of families is almost never smooth and easy, despite our best hopes and intentions. The complexity of relationships and the realities of personalities blending in new homes is likely to result in difficulty of one kind or another. Of course, many thousands of people in the United States alone blend their families each year, and it is certainly possible for the blending to result in success. But achieving success in the blending of families into stepfamilies is also quite likely to require hard work, patience, forgiveness, and a commitment to conflict resolution.

Families blend for as many reasons that there are families who are blending. But common to most, if not all, of them is that the blending is a result of previous trauma within the individual families, such as divorce or the death of a parent, followed by the hopeful approach to healing that is made when the blending process begins.

Setting Up Your Blended Family For A Healthy Start

Even the most mentally healthy and psychologically prepared individuals are likely to experience difficulty when blending families, and that is true even if such people have reached resolution over whatever caused the change to their families in the first place. Therefore, the decision to blend families is likely the result of adults finding the means to move on from that original trauma. When adults with children decide that they have reached a point when blending families is a good next step, they are likely determining that they have the means of doing so successfully. But when children are part of the mix, complications are sure to arise.

AMS Mediation has the experience and insight to assist you in this process. AMS Mediation is set up to deal with more than just divorce; the services provided cover the full range of family changes. Mediation is necessary not only when families are going through divorce, but when major changes are present. Blending families can be as difficult as divorce, in part because the hopes, promises, and expectations associated with coming together can prevent us from being realistic about how complex the blending process can be.

AMS Mediation Specializes In Developing Plans For Blending Families

But AMS Mediation is uniquely qualified to assist you as you forge ahead with plans to blend families. Step parents often expect, unrealistically, to automatically love their stepchildren. And everyone involved can be caught off guard by the sheer number of changes that occur when families blend together. An experienced service like that provided by Amber Serwat can help you prepare for what you cannot predict. Call 952.252.1492 for more information or to set up a time for a free consultation.



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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