Custody Evaluator (CE) in Dakota County, MinnesotaAMS Mediation offers divorcing couples the services of a professional Custody Evaluator (CE) for those living in Dakota County, Minnesota. Couples who decide to get divorced experience a great deal of stress. When a divorcing couple also share children, the stress is magnified. A custody evaluation involves a professional assessment of what is in the best interest of your children regarding the custody agreement in your divorce settlement. The process involves extensive interviews and psychological assessments to ensure that your children are put in the best possible situation following your divorce. AMS Mediation’s custody evaluation process often involves observing the parents’ interactions with their children so that we can get the most accurate and objective view of your relationship.

The Role of a Custody Evaluator

Divorce mediation more generally is viewed by the court as an alternative dispute resolution tool, to help many couples avoid the more traditional court-based divorce process. The success of divorce mediation in Minnesota over the last several years has resulted in the court’s reliance on qualified mediators, and AMS Mediation is proud to be counted on this list. The court recommends that nearly all divorcing couples attempt mediation before litigation, and the custody evaluation process can be a central aspect of the mediation process. Our team shares your concern for the well-being of your children, so we place a strong emphasis on the custody evaluation process.

Our work with couples in custody issues is based on providing the most accurate information about Minnesota child custody law and policy. We will provide you with exhaustive information about the role we play in custody evaluation, and in turn we ask for complete honesty from the parents we work with. It is important for divorcing couples to know that AMS Mediation, and the court system more generally, has your children’s best interest in mind at all times. Our custody evaluation process is built on how to ensure their well-being.

Putting Your Children First in the Divorce Process

We want what is best for you and your divorcing spouse as well, but because of the natural vulnerability of children, we prioritize their welfare. If you engage in the custody evaluation process honestly, demonstrate that you care genuinely for your children and show a history of that care, and if you do not abuse alcohol and other drugs, you have a good chance of being evaluated in a positive light.

AMS Mediation’s commitment to the well-being of the children of divorcing couples is one of our central values, and it is among the many reasons divorcing couples choose us as their Custody Evaluator. Call us at 952.252.1492 if you would like more information.


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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