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Preparing Financially For Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Preparing Financially For DivorceDivorce is very costly – both emotionally and financially. While it may be difficult to truly prepare yourself for the emotional stress, there are ways to prepare financially for the process. Here are some tips to help you navigate the financial challenges ahead:

1. Gather your financial information now: It may sound obvious but spending time gathering your

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Divorce In The New Year 2022

by Amber M. Serwat

Divorce In The New Year 2022Are you considering a divorce in the coming months? It turns out that January is one of the most common times to get a divorce. This may be for several different reasons – maybe you do not want to go through the divorce process during the holidays. Or maybe you are thinking about a more practical reason: taxes. No matter what the reason, if you are planning to move forward with divorce in the new year, now is the time to prepare in order to make the process as simple

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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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5 Frequently Asked Questions Reguarding Divorce Mediation

by Amber M. Serwat

5 Frequently Asked Questions Reguarding Divorce MediationDivorce mediation has quickly become the preferred method to settle the terms of your divorce, as courts have become difficult to schedule and the financial costs are high. In fact, in Minnesota, the court system actually encourages couples to try mediation before litigation. If you are beginning to think about divorce, you may have some questions about the divorce mediation process. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the process that might help you

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Tips For Successful Divorce Mediation

by Amber M. Serwat

Tips For Successful Divorce MediationHave you made the tough decision to move forward with a divorce? Have you decided to try mediation as a first step in hopes you can settle things without a stressful court battle? If so, you may be thinking about how best to prepare for the process to ensure you have the best possible chance for success. Here are some tips for making sure that your divorce mediation process is productive and successful

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How To Help Kids Cope With Our Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

How To Help Kids Cope With Our DivorceOne of the most difficult parts of a divorce is the impact on children. Divorce is not their choice, and even though it might be the best decision for the entire family’s well-being, the transition can be extremely challenging. Here are some tips for helping your child (or children) cope with your divorce.

1. Be open and honest in your communication: You are likely the center of your child’s universe, and they are looking to you for reassurance and information. Being open and honest with them about the changes that are coming and the logistics of what will happen next is critically important to helping

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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.


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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
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