AMS Mediation Blog

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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Co-Parenting in 2021 During Pandemic

by Amber M. Serwat

Co-Parenting in 2021 During PandemicOne of the most difficult issues that divorced parents face during the pandemic is how best (and safely) to manage parenting time. Co-parenting is challenging even without the stress of virtual school, working from home, and potential exposures to COVID-19. Taking the time to sit down with the help of a mediator or co-parenting coach to help map out a plan that will work for you. AMS Mediation can help you with this process

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Co-Parenting During COVID-19

by Amber M. Serwat

Strategies for Co-Parenting During the PandemicCo-parenting after a divorce can be very difficult on a good day, but with the new challenges placed on families during COVID-19, difficult has taken on a whole new meaning. Job loss, COVID-19 restrictions and exposures, virtual school, and financial changes are just a few of the many difficult issues facing families right now. If you are trying to work out issues related to co-parenting during the pandemic, consider reaching out

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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


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


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 & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

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