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What Does A Mediator Do In Divorce Mediation?

What Does A Mediator Do In Divorce Mediation?When you use a mediator to help you settle the terms of your divorce, it is wise to get a strong understanding of what you should and should not expect from your mediator during the process. The most important thing to understand is that a mediator will not make decisions about your case. Your mediator is not a decider – that is actually your role. A mediator is trained to be neutral and trained to help you and your spouse resolve all of the issues related to your divorce. This includes developing a parenting plan that outlines how you and your co-parent will share custody, deciding exactly how you will equitably divide all of the property that you share and even determining whether or not child or spousal

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Managing A Move After Divorce

Managing A Move After DivorceIt is very difficult to look ahead when you are negotiating the terms of your divorce including your parenting plan. In fact, the tendency is to look back and it can seem impossible to move forward. However, time does march on, and you and your family will move forward and find a new normal – which will include co-parenting, boundaries with your ex and communication strategies for post-divorce interactions. There is no way to anticipate what might happen if one of you

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Reasons To Consider A Mediated Divorce

Reasons To Consider A Mediated DivorceDid you know that you do not have to hire a lawyer and go through the courts to finalize the terms of your divorce? Despite how the media portrays divorce on TV, it can be quite different than you might imagine. In fact, the state of Minnesota actually requires that couples who want to divorce and do not have any history of domestic violence first try an alternative dispute resolution like divorce mediation before litigation. This is in part because the court schedules are booked so far in advance that divorce can take many months just to align an attorney and a judge’s schedule.

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The Role Of A Mediator

The Role Of A MediatorIf you have decided to divorce using an alternative dispute resolution process like divorce mediation, you may have questions about the process, and specifically, the role of the mediator in the process. The most important thing to understand about the role of a mediator is that he/she will not make the decisions about your divorce settlement. Unlike a judge, a mediator guides you through

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Important Things to Know Regarding Minnesota Divorce

Important Things to Know Regarding Minnesota DivorceEach state has slightly different laws related to divorce. When you have made the decision to pursue a divorce, it is important to understand the laws specific to your state so that you can make informed decisions and navigate the process to work best for you. Here are 5 things you need to know about Minnesota divorce law:

1. No fault state: Minnesota has what is known

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Affordable Solutions For Settling Your Divorce

Affordable Solutions For Settling Your DivorceIt seems like the price of everything has gone way up in recent years. From the price of gas to a dozen eggs, college tuition, and home maintenance, the feeling of being stretched financially may feel way too normal these days. If you add a looming separation and/or divorce to the everyday concerns of inflation, you may simply wonder if making this change is even feasible. Fortunately, AMS Mediation in Burnsville, MN offers affordable solutions for settling the terms of your divorce. Divorce mediation offers you a more reasonable option than traditional divorce. And it take MUCH less

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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.


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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

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