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Professional Help During And After Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Professional Help During And After DivorceHow do you get through difficult times? Do you hold things in? Do you overshare with people you barely know? Do you count on one good friend? Do you confide in one or more family members? There is no single way of seeking help that is always helpful. Depending on your circumstances, some approaches will work better than others. If you are fortunate enough to have one or more people in your life in whom you can confide


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Reducing The Financial Stress Of Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Reducing The Financial Stress Of DivorceThere are many different things that can be stressful about divorce. One of the most common causes of stress is the financial impact on a family. Proceeding through the court system involves spending money on attorneys, which can add up very quickly. The average cost of a traditional divorce in the United States can be up to $15,000. When you add that to the increased costs of funding two households with the same income level, it can be an overwhelming prospect. However, you can find ways to minimize the financial impact of divorce. Divorce mediation is dramatically less expensive than litigation, reducing the financial and emotional stress of divorce.

Mediation is a highly effective and successful way to navigate


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Child Custody After COVID-19

by Amber M. Serwat

Child Custody After COVID-19COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down in many ways. Many of us have been working from home for more than a year, some of our kids have not gone to in-person school since last March, and masks have become everyone’s new accessory. COVID-19 has also disrupted child custody cases all over the country, including in Minnesota. Now that we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, you may be ready to get back into your


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Child Custody Agreement Updating

by Amber M. Serwat

Child Custody Agreement UpdatingParents with children who have decided to pursue divorce, most often make that decision reluctantly and with a heavy heart. This is true because parents with children understand that the decision to divorce their spouse will have a significant impact on the people they love most in the world—their children. Divorce mediation, as practiced by AMS Mediation, can reduce the negative impact of divorce on children and increase the likelihood of moving forward with the knowledge that their parents love them no less than before. Post-mediation if needed, will allow for easy modifications to the custody agreement as the situation arises.


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Preparing For The Divorce Process in 2021

by Amber M. Serwat

Preparing For The Divorce Process in 2021As the country slowly starts to shift back toward reopening and a new sense of normalcy, the reality is that our lives have been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial strain, job changes, kids and virtual school are just some of the life changes we have seen in the last 12-15 months. If you and your spouse have spent this time deciding that you are ready to divorce and move on with your lives separately, you may be


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How to Prepare For Divorce In Minnesota

by Amber M. Serwat

How to Prepare For Divorce In MinnesotaNo one thinks that they are headed for a divorce when they say, “I do”. Yet, unfortunately many couples end up realizing that their marriage is no longer working, and that divorce is the best path forward. How do you prepare yourself and your family for this? Here are some tips to help you and your family get ready for what is ahead:

1. Focus on your future: If you have made the decision to divorce, this has probably been on your mind for quite some time. Focusing on your future, rather than your past is one way to cope with the stress and difficulty


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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.

 

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. Gayle can be reached via email at gayle@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!

 

Sincerely,
Amber Serwat & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

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