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Alternatives To Settling A Divorce Without A Court Battle

Alternatives To Settling A Divorce Without A Court BattleIf you look up current divorce statistics, you are likely to notice that divorce rates have been trending down over the last few years. In fact, the number of divorce filings were down during the COVID pandemic, and it appears that this trend may continue. However, these statistics do not matter at all if you

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Factors To Consider About A Potential Divorce

Factors To Consider About A Potential Divorce Are you and your partner considering a divorce but are not sure whether or how to proceed? It is a huge life decision that often takes a couple months or even years to make. As a divorce mediation firm, our business comes from helping families navigate the divorce process – sure – but we always start from the same place. Are you sure that you are ready to move forward? Are you sure that your marriage cannot be saved? Here are some other factors to consider about a potential divorce as you make this important decision:

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Key Steps For Moving On After Divorce

Divorce is very often regarded as one of the five most stressful life events, for very good reason. Divorce marks the end of your marriage and also the beginning of a new phase of life for both adults and any children in the family. Because of necessary logistical changes, this may also come with a move, a change of school or job, a change in financial status and significant feelings of loss as you try to move forward. AMS Mediation can help you navigate this difficult time

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Divorce Takes How Long In Minnesota?

How Long Does A Divorce Take In Minnesota?Many people assume that settling the terms of a divorce has to take many months to complete. Of course, that can be true, especially if you and your spouse decide to hire divorce attorneys and take your divorce to the traditional court system. However, because of several factors, including that the court system in Minnesota is significantly backed up, it can take an extensive period of time to align the schedules of the court with your respective attorneys. This long process can create more stress (emotional and financial), more anxiety, and even more conflict between you and your ex. This process can last anywhere from six months to two years. During that time, it can be difficult to move forward with your separate lives

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Mediation Will Speed Up The Divorce Process

Dividing Joint Property In A DivorceOnce you have decided to take steps to end your marriage, you likely have already been down a very long and difficult road. Unfortunately, for couples who go through litigation, you can expect the divorce process to take many more months. However, mediation is an option for couples who are looking to move the process forward more quickly. Here is an overview of a basic timeline to expect when you use divorce mediation to settle the terms of your divorce:

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Is Divorce Mediation Right For My Family?

Is Divorce Mediation Right For My Family?There is no denying how difficult a divorce can be for every member of your family. This difficulty is made worse by heightened conflict during the divorce process. Divorce mediation is a way to reach resolution on the terms of your divorce without continuing to intensify the conflict. The Minnesota courts now recommend that all couples try divorce before proceeding through the court system. So, if you are wondering if divorce mediation

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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


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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 & Gabe Frye
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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