AMS Mediation Blog

Court Custody Evaluation in MN

by Amber M. Serwat

Court Custody Evaluation in MNChild custody agreements are very often one of the most contentious and highly contested aspects of a divorce settlement. You and your ex likely have very different opinions about how much time your children should spend with you versus how much time they should spend with your ex-spouse. Emotion and conflict can be high. and resolution is often difficult to find. If you and your ex are not able to reach an agreement about how


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Divorcing Couples Services Near Me

by Amber M. Serwat

Divorcing Couples Services Near MeWe have all heard the statistics – in the United States, nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. While it is never what is intended, divorce can be a decision that is necessary and even best for all involved. AMS Mediation offers services for divorcing couples in Burnsville, MN including alternative dispute resolution services for divorce and issues around custody and co-parenting. If you find yourself pursuing divorce, you should know that it does not have to result in a bitter court battle that is financially draining.


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Grounds for Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Grounds for DivorceIf you are considering divorce and have questions about the legal definitions and what the courts consider grounds for divorce, AMS Mediation can help. Our team stays current with Minnesota divorce law and can provide you support, advice and guidance about how best to proceed through the process, should you decide to pursue a divorce. Regulations about what type of circumstances must be in place in order to get a divorce are known as grounds for divorce. Common grounds for divorce include adultery, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Different states accept different grounds for divorce.

Grounds for divorce fall into one of two broad categories: fault and no-fault divorces. Minnesota is known as a no-fault state, which means that you do not have to prove that your spouse was at fault in order for a court to grant your divorce.


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Cost Effective Mediation after Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Cost Effective Mediation after DivorceFor many couples going through a divorce, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that the process is complete once the divorce papers are signed. However, especially if you and your spouse share children, many additional issues come up well after divorce that must be resolved. When you come up with your initial divorce settlement, it is based on life as it stands at that point in time. But, as time passes, circumstances may change for you, for your children and for your ex. AMS Mediation specializes in cost effective mediation in Minnesota after divorce that can help you resolve any number of issues that come up after your divorce papers are signed, so that you do not have to go to court.


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If I Cheat on My Wife Before I’m Divorced Can it Affect the Decision?

by Amber M. Serwat

 If I Cheat on My Wife Before I’m Divorced Can it Affect the Decision?When it comes to a divorce, Minnesota is considered a “no-fault” state, meaning that if you or your spouse believes that your marriage is broken to the point that it cannot be saved, the court will issue a divorce order, without regard to the circumstances leading to the divorce. This effectively means that you do not have to litigate the reasons for the divorce or who was at fault. So, adultery is actually not a factor when it comes to a decision about whether you can divorce in Minnesota. However, you should be aware that the reasons behind your divorce may come into play when it comes to settling issues such as spousal support.


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Non-Married Parents Separating

by Amber M. Serwat

Non-Married Parents SeparatingAMS Mediation offers expert mediation services to non-married parents who are separating.  It may be tempting to assume that mediation services are available only to couples who are legally and officially married.  However, mediation is a service that is not only available to non-married couples, it should be considered an irreplaceable one for non-married couples who are separating and have children. Non-married couples who


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A MESSAGE FROM AMS LLC RE: COVID-19

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.

STILL WORKING

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 zoom.us/download.

NEW CLIENTS WELCOME

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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