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In Minnesota Do I Need To Hire An Attorney To Settle My Divorce?

In Minnesota Do I Need To Hire An Attorney To Settle My DivorceDivorce is difficult, emotionally taxing and expensive. Many people assume that one of the first steps to take is to hire an attorney when the decision is made to divorce. Our mental picture of the divorce process likely includes a courtroom, attorneys and a judge. It is important to realize that your divorce can actually look very differently. First, it is not always necessary to hire a divorce attorney to settle the terms of your divorce. In many cases, you and your ex can save a

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Understanding The Divorce Mediation Process

Understanding The Divorce Mediation ProcessDivorce is probably not the outcome you wanted for your marriage. Unfortunately, however, there are instances where divorce is the best possible outcome for a family, given the circumstances. No matter what drove you to the divorce and even if your relationship is full of conflict, divorce mediation can give you the resolution you need, without the enormous financial and emotional costs of a court battle. It is normal to have questions about the process and wonder whether it is something that will work for your situation. Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation can provide the information about the process that you need to take that first step.

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Strategies For Minimizing Conflict During Divorce

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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What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?If you are contemplating divorce, doing your research and thinking about how to proceed with the process, you may find yourself running across the term – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This term includes several different types of strategies to resolve conflict between parties, without going through the traditional litigation process. The courts are backed up with many cases and it can take weeks, months and even longer to set up a date for your case to be heard. As a result, the Minnesota courts are encouraging individuals to try an alternative dispute resolution technique before going through the courts. Mediation is one highly effective

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

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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Marriage And Divorce Rates Drop During COVID-19 Pandemic

Marriage And Divorce Rates Drop During COVID-19 PandemicIf you were planning a wedding between March of 2020 and summer of 2021, you likely had to reschedule it or change your plans significantly because of COVID-19. With state guidelines on how many people can safely gather indoors, many wedding venues are simply deemed unsafe for a traditional wedding. What you might not realize, however, is that in addition to their being fewer than normal weddings, COVID-19 has

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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. Gabe 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 & Gabe Frye
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

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