In addition to the emotional difficulty of navigating a divorce, many also worry equally about the financial burden it will cost to legally separate your lives so that both you and your divorcing spouse can move forward. Lawyer fees, court costs can add up quickly with experts estimating that a Minnesota divorce can cost between $15,000- $20,000 if navigated through the traditional court system. Mediation offers a less expensive alternative to a court battle, costing less, taking less time and is generally less stressful than a court battle. AMS Mediation can help you and your family settle your divorce in a way that is affordable, fair and effective. Amber Serwat has personal experience with the divorce process and uses that experience combined with her mediation training to help those in the Shakopee, MN area find their way forward.

How Much Does Divorce Mediation Actually Cost?

The average cost of divorce mediation totals about $4000, which includes several mediation sessions, a filing fee to the court (if necessary) and professional legal drafting (if needed). This is dramatically less than the cost of a lengthy court battle. There are other costs associated with a court battle that should also be considered. Mediation takes between 6-8 hours of mediation over a two month period of time. Once your mediation sessions are complete, it can take up to another 1-8 weeks of time to file your legal documents. A court case depends significantly on the schedules of the court, the judge and both sets of attorneys and can last upwards of a year.

Navigating Divorce Without Breaking The Bank

The team at AMS Mediation understands the financial pressures surrounding a divorce and will work closely with you to ensure that your needs are met and that you fully understand all costs involved with the mediation process so that you can make the best possible decision about how to move forward. In addition, we offer a free one hour consultation where you can ask questions about the costs, the time commitment and other general questions about the process. Each case is unique and the free consultation is a great way to explore mediation as a tool to meet your needs. Divorce mediation can often be used to settle issues such as child custody, division of assets, debts and property as well as child custody payments. Mediation can also be used after a divorce as a tool for effective co-parenting.

If you live in the Shakopee, MN area and want to learn more about divorce mediation, call AMS Mediation at 952.252.1492.


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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