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If I Cheat on My Wife Before I’m Divorced Can it Affect the Decision?

 If I Cheat on My Wife Before I’m Divorced Can it Affect the Decision?When it comes to a divorce, Minnesota is considered a “no-fault” state, meaning that if you or your spouse believes that your marriage is broken to the point that it cannot be saved, the court will issue a divorce order, without regard to the circumstances leading to the divorce. This effectively means that you do not have to litigate the reasons for the divorce or who was at fault. So, adultery is actually not a factor when it comes to a decision about whether you can divorce in Minnesota. However, you should be aware that the reasons behind your divorce may come into play when it comes to settling issues such as spousal support.

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Spousal Support Services

Spousal Support Services

The purpose of spousal support is to provide financial assistance to the lower earning individual in a divorce in order to allow him/her to maintain a standard of living that they have become accustom too during the relationship they had while they were married. In Minnesota, there are three types of spousal support – temporary, short term and long term.

Generally the following factors are taken into account when it comes to the determination of spousal support

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Alimony Adjustment Help

Alimony Adjustment HelpAlimony, which is also known as ‘spousal support’ or ‘spousal maintenance,’ is a very important component of a divorce agreement.  Alimony is the financial support paid by one divorcing spouse to the other after the divorce has been finalized.  If you have been through a divorce and are either paying or receiving alimony and you need to have the alimony amount adjusted, AMS Mediation can help you.

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Comprehensive Mediation Services

Comprehensive Mediation Services | Divorce, Custody, Post-Decree Mediator MNMany states now require divorcing couples (that have no history of domestic violence) to participate in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process before litigating the terms of the divorce. This is in large part because the courts cannot effectively manage all of the divorce cases coming through the system. Mediation is a popular and highly effective ADR process that can be used to settle all aspect of a divorce including division of property, assets and debts, development of a parenting plan and determination of the need for child and/or spousal support.

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Dakota County Divorce Mediator

During a divorce, everyone should have someone they can turn to for support. At Amber M. Serwat Mediation, we want to be that someone for you. Especially when it comes to sifting through the legal matters in divorce, it can seem impossible to get through the process...
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Why Mediation?

Amber Serwat has served the community of Burnsville, MN for more than a decade as a trusted and respected mediator. She specializes in divorce mediation, offering a fair, equitable and affordable alternative to traditional divorce via the court system. In fact, courts...
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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

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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