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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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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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Strategies For Minimizing Conflict During Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Strategies For Minimizing Conflict During DivorceThe pandemic has been very tuff on all families. And if you and your spouse have decided to divorce, then it is likely that you had some significant conflict in your marriage. You might assume that this conflict will linger into the divorce process, but it does not have to. Here are some strategies for minimizing conflict as you navigate the divorce process

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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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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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