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Divorce Affects Everyone in Your Life

by Amber M. Serwat

Divorce Affects Everyone in Your LifeWhen you begin thinking about a divorce, it is hard to anticipate all of the ways your decision will impact you family. It is easy to focus on the months (or years) of unhappiness, the intensity of the conflict and the need to separate to alleviate the stress. Those feelings can be simply overwhelming. AMS Mediation can help you anticipate the effect of your decision to divorce on everyone in your life. When you are able to focus on your future, the impact of divorce can shift from all of the pain to more hope for life after divorce.

Choosing to settle your divorce using mediation rather than litigation can significantly lessen the overall stress of a divorce on a family. A court battle often increases the conflict surrounding the divorce


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Child Custody Evaluations in Minnesota

by Amber M. Serwat

Child Custody Evaluations in MinnesotaDespite the fact that Child Custody Evaluations in Minnesota are fairly frequent in our state, they still cause stress for those impacted by them. Any family that has experienced a divorce or significant family change will almost certainly go through some degree of stress when a child custody evaluation becomes necessary. Fortunately, AMS Mediation works with the goal of helping families through such processes with greater ease and less stress.


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Minnesota Child Custody

by Amber M. Serwat

Minnesota Child CustodyChild custody cases that make the news or that you read about online are highly contentious, adversarial and all out war. In reality, however, in these types of child custody cases there are no winners. Kids understand — perhaps more than we ever know — exactly what is going on and feel torn between two parents that they love. There is an alternative strategy for developing a fair and equitable child custody arrangement in Minnesota. AMS Mediation offers a wide variety of services to help couples who want to settle the terms of their child custody agreement without costly court battles that very often increase conflict.


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Child Custody Mediation Shakopee MN

by Amber M. Serwat

Child Custody Mediation Shakopee MNChild custody issues tend to provoke the most stress in couples who have chosen to seek divorce. The emotional difficulty associated with separating property and debt and resolving conflict between you and your spouse is often one of the most painful experiences you will go through. Adding the emotional investment that you and your spouse have made in your children compounds matters exponentially. Child Custody Mediation can help you and your spouse work through the issues that have led to your decision to divorce, and we can help you feel better about the agreement you reach with your spouse regarding child custody.


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Splitting Child Time Fairly with My Soon to be Ex

by Amber M. Serwat

Splitting Child Time Fairly with My Soon to be ExOne of the most common and understandable concerns of couples who are in the process of getting a divorce is whether or not the parenting time (also known as ‘visitation’ or ‘custody’) agreement will be fair. Divorce introduces new and unfamiliar kinds of stress to most divorcing couples, and when children are involved, the new and unfamiliar stress that is introduced into their lives tends to be magnified further. Part of the reason why couples worry about fairly determined parenting time agreements is that the traditional court-based divorce processes have produced stories in our culture steeped in unfairness.


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Alimony Divorce Specialist

by Amber M. Serwat

Alimony Divorce SpecialistThe determination of alimony (also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance) can be one of the most complex and potentially contentious aspects of a divorce settlement. Mediation is a great way to settle not only complex and sensitive issues in a divorce, but all aspects of divorce. The courts in Minnesota often refer divorcing couples to use mediation to help with their divorce process.


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