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Divorcing in 2021

by Amber M. Serwat

Divorcing in 2021No one could have ever predicted what this year looked like. A global pandemic, many employers asking their employees to work from home, schools being taught online, mask mandates, and a new COVID vaccine. Those are just a few of the obstacles we faced each day in 2021. Our relationships were also under significant stress during this time because of financial difficulty, heightened conflict and increased time spent at home. You might expect to learn that divorce rates have increased during this time, but experts are finding the exact opposite. Uncertainty may be one factor that is leading couples to wait to divorce.

Divorce in the year 2021 looks very different than in years past

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Are You Ready To Move Forward With Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Are You Ready To Move Forward With DivorceThe last 15-18 months has been an extremely difficult period of time. COVID-19 seemed to come into our community with no warning and put a halt to normal life. Many kids stopped going to school and had to adjust to online learning and many adults began working from home. In many ways time seemed to stand still. Our normal cues for marking time vanished — days, weeks and months passed

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Do I Have To Go Through The Courts For My Divorce?

by Amber M. Serwat

Do I Have To Go Through The Courts For My DivorceOne of the most common questions we get from potential clients is whether they need to go through the courts to complete a divorce. The answer may not be what you expect. There is a long-held myth that the only/best way to resolve the issues in a divorce is with a long, nasty court battle. In fact, when we see divorces referenced in the news or portrayed in a movie, that is usually what you will see. However, in reality, you can complete the entire divorce process without ever stepping foot in a courtroom

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Will Divorce Mediation Work For Me?

by Amber M. Serwat

Will Divorce Mediation Work For MeAs a trained mediation service, one of the most common questions we get from potential clients is whether divorce mediation will work for their unique and specific set of circumstances. In our opinion, divorce mediation can work for virtually any couple that is ready to move forward with the divorce process. Here are a few of the many reasons to consider mediation rather than litigation for your divorce:

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Divorce After COVID-19

by Amber M. Serwat

Divorce After COVID-19Divorce rates have taken a nosedive during the pandemic as families have had to juggle a new life with COVID restrictions, financial/job uncertainty, children completing school from home and health related concerns. We will not know for some time whether this is a trend that will continue or if divorce rates will bounce back once the pandemic is in our rearview mirror. Some experts predict that divorce rates will

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Adjusting To Life After A Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Adjusting To Life After A Divorce - Divorce Help in MNIt is easy to get caught up in all of the pain and emotional distress during the divorce process. In fact, it can feel like it will never end. No matter what drove you and your ex to divorce, for most couples it is difficult to let go of the marriage and leave the pain behind. The traditional divorce process – litigation – can increase the conflict and the pain. Divorce mediation is another way to navigate the divorce process that can…

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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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