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Your Divorce Mediation Questions Answered

Your Divorce Mediation Questions AnsweredAMS Mediation has been working with couples all over Minnesota to resolve the terms of divorce for more than a decade. In this time, we have built a reputation in the area as offering a path for couples who are trying to achieve a fair and affordable divorce. Our experience and training has positioned us as a leading divorce mediation provider in the area. We have compiled answers to some common questions below about the mediation process. If you are considering a divorce

1. Why should I choose mediation over litigation?

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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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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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How To Divide Joint Property During Divorce

How To Divide Joint Property During DivorceOne of the most complex parts of the divorce settlement is determining exactly how you will fairly and equitably divide the joint property that you share with your spouse. These items can include your home, your car, a rental property, furnishings, and even your pets. Most state laws define joint property as anything obtained during your marriage. That means that you will keep anything

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Divorce Mediation And Why It Works

Divorce Mediation And Why It WorksThe term ‘mediation’ comes from the Latin root word ‘Medicare,’ which means ‘interposed’ or ‘placed in the middle.’ In our more modern world, the root meaning remains very relevant to the current meaning. The term mediation reflects the professional mediator’s commitment to situate themselves in the middle of the issues that led the divorcing couple to their decision to end their marriage and help them reach a settlement

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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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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

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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