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First Steps for Divorce in Minnesota

First Steps for Divorce in MinnesotaEach state has specific divorce laws, so it is important to understand the specific guidelines in your state if you are planning to seek a divorce. In the state of Minnesota, you are not required to complete a legal separation before your divorce and an uncontested divorce can take as few as 4-6 weeks to complete. This is much faster than the process in other states. Minnesota is a “no fault” state, so you do not have to prove your spouse did something wrong in order for a divorce to be granted. This also means that the court cannot consider who is at fault when they are making decisions about your divorce settlement.

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Conserve Financial Resources During Divorce

Conserve Financial Resources During DivorceIf you are anticipating the high financial cost of divorce, you are not alone. Divorce can be extremely expensive, especially if you hire attorneys and go through the traditional court system. A typical divorce in the US that goes through litigation can cost between $15,000-$20,000. This is on top of how much more life in general is when you have two households instead of one. Conserving financial resources during divorce

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Financial Impact Of Divorce

Financial Impact Of DivorceWe all know that divorce is one of the most emotionally stressful of all life events. A big part of this stress comes from the financial impact of divorce on a family. Whether your family is a two-income family, or you rely on one of you for the majority of your income, splitting up your household expenses can cause an enormous strain because it often feels like your costs are doubled on the same level of income. Obvious increases in expenses include rent and utilities from two different homes,

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Achieving An Affordable Divorce

Achieving An Affordable Divorce Have you decided that it is time for you and your spouse to divorce, but you have been delaying this final step because of the financial stress divorce can bring? It is true that when you proceed through the traditional channels – the court system – you can spend thousands of dollars settling the terms of your divorce. For many couples, this is simply not feasible. It can be easier to stay in a difficult situation than face the financial burden that divorce can bring. However, you should be aware that there is an alternative process that can allow you to settle your divorce for a fraction of the cost

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Stress Relationships And Divorce

Stress Relationships And Divorce The stress experienced by our society over the last two years may not be unprecedented, but it has been long enough ago that the world went through such sustained strife that it is unlikely anyone alive today was around to experience it. While the stress of navigating a global pandemic may not be unprecedented, what we are all experiencing now is unquestionably difficult. A casualty of this stress can be our relationships, and relationships that are based on depth of connection are often

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Ways To Minimize Conflict During Divorce

Ways To Minimize Conflict During DivorceWhile there is no way to totally eliminate the possibility for conflict during the divorce process, it can be minimized with some work, preparation and a positive framework about the process. AMS Mediation specializes in a variety of divorce mediation services that can lessen the amount of conflict between you and your ex and help you navigate the divorce process with less stress and financial burden. Here are some

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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

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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 & Gabe Frye
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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