Child Custody Mediator in Dakota County ApprovedBy now, most people are aware of the benefits of mediation services over those that involve the traditional court process. The higher cost of litigation alone has caused many people to seek mediation over the more familiar and traditional court processes. One more specific aspect of mediation that has great advantages over court-based processes is child custody. AMS Mediation is an approved child custody mediator in Dakota County, MN who can help you navigate this difficult process.

Court Based Child Custody Process or Mediation?

The specifics of court-based child custody and child custody mediation are different. Child custody agreements that are completed through the courts typically involve lawyers, and lawyers can be motivated by winning first and what is best for your children second. That is not to say that all lawyers do not prioritize children, but the nature of the process is adversarial and that can translate into a win/lose mentality. When conflict increases, the children from the marriage never win. In mediation, however, the process starts with achieving the best possible outcome for the people who are affected by the divorce or the break-up of non-married parents.

Our child custody mediation process is built around the best interest of your kids. Rather than starting with the law to determine which party comes out on top, we start with a commitment to ensuring that your children’s interests are addressed first. They are, after all, the most vulnerable people who are impacted by the change in your family’s structure. If you are invested in prioritizing your children’s welfare, this almost always translates into reducing other areas of disagreement as well.

Experienced Dakota County Child Custody Mediator

Every child custody case we mediate is guided by our knowledge of Minnesota divorce law and family law. When we apply our expertise in mediation, you receive the benefits of two essential pillars of mediation and conflict resolution. We believe that is exactly the reason so many more people are using mediation to help them resolve child custody and other disputes. Most parents would do anything to ensure that their children are protected from the stress and strain that so often comes with a divorce. Another benefit of child custody mediation is that it is significantly less costly than court-based processes.

When you work with AMS Mediation, you will find that we are committed to helping you resolve issues quickly, practically and in a reasonable way. If you live in Dakota County, MN, call us at 952.252.1492 to schedule a time to speak with a member of our team.


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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