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Negotiating Tips To Use During Mediation

Negotiating Tips To Use During MediationIf you have decided to use mediation to settle the terms of your divorce, you already know that you will likely complete the process more quickly and spend less than you would in litigation. In fact, that may have been the driver for choosing this alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service. Once you have made this decision, it is time to get ready for the process. Here are some negotiating tips to use during mediation to put you and your family in the best possible situation for success:

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Handling Your First Holiday Season After Divorce

Handling Your First Holiday Season After DivorceIf you have recently been through a divorce or are separated from your spouse and are navigating the process now, the idea of the upcoming holiday season may be very stressful. The first holidays during or after a divorce can be especially difficult for families with kids, as they adjust to a life of sharing custody. Here are 5 tips for making it through the holiday season and making the best of your new situation this year

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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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Professional Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

Professional Alternative Dispute Resolution ServicesWhen you are settling the terms of your divorce, deciding how to coordinate custody for your children and ultimately how to co-parent after divorce, you cannot go through the courts every time you hit a bump in the road. The Minnesota court system is backed up and it can take weeks if not months to get a hearing date, which can lead to increased conflict and stress as you wait to take your problem forward. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services offer an option that does not involve the courtroom, a judge and lawyers to litigate the multiple issues surrounding your divorce. The Minnesota courts even encourage couples to try an ADR service

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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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Dividing Joint Property In A Divorce

Dividing Joint Property In A Divorce One of the biggest challenges in the divorce process is deciding how to divide joint property. No matter whether you have been married for 1 year or for 25 years, you accumulate many things during your marriage that are difficult to part with. But the fact is that agreeing on how to equitably divide all of the things that you own together is difficult. Mediation can be an effective tool for managing this process. Rather than leaving these decisions in the hands of a judge

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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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