Custody Evaluations Burnsville MNIf you have children and are considering a divorce, the most pressing thing in your mind is likely how you will share custody of your kids.  Custody determination is one of the most difficult, complex and emotionally taxing aspects of a divorce settlement. There are times when a custody agreement cannot be reached – and then what? A custody evaluation can be conducted to help you (and the Court) make the best possible decision about a child custody arrangement. Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation serves as a Custody Evaluator (CE) in Burnsville, MN for even the most difficult and contentious child custody cases.

What is a Custody Evaluator?

It can be extremely difficult to imagine how you will go from seeing your kids every single day to splitting the time that you spend with them. If you decide to work with a Custody Evaluator, you and your ex-spouse (along with your attorneys) can choose the professional that you work with, and the Court will confirm it with a court order. When you work with Amber, you can be confident that the result will be fair, and that the best interests of your child (or children) will be put first.

As part of the custody evaluation process, Amber Serwat will provide the following services:

  1. Investigation: The investigation portion of the custody evaluation process includes interviews with both parents as well as the children in the case (if appropriate), home and school visits, meetings with health care providers, teachers, and a review of any pertinent medical information about the parents’ physical health, mental health including chemical dependency. The CE then provides verbal recommendations to the attorneys representing both parties.
  2. Written report: If an agreement cannot be made after the verbal recommendations are made after the investigation, then the Custody Evaluator will then complete a written report if requested by either party that can be submitted to the Court.
  3. Testimony (if necessary): If a custody case goes to trial, a CE can also testify about the recommendations that have been made.

Child Custody Evaluation in Burnsville, MN

Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation has extensive experience with Custody Evaluations in the state of Minnesota. She understands first hand just how difficult a divorce can be and works hard in each and every case to lend her knowledge, experience and compassion. For more information or to speak directly with Amber about the custody evaluation process or other alternative dispute resolution services for divorce, custody and separate parenting, call her today 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

You have Successfully Subscribed!