Custody Evaluator Near MeThere are many important aspects of a divorce settlement, and none are more important than issues that affect the lives of your children. Determining custody evokes strong and often opposing opinions and high emotion. Divorcing couples often disagree about the terms of custody, and AMS Mediation is well equipped to help resolve these important outstanding issues. There are times, however, when custody questions are not so easily resolved. When a divorcing couple cannot reach agreement about one or another aspect of the custody of their children, the court will sometimes require that the services of a Custody Evaluator be used.

For divorcing couples who have children and are struggling to settle the terms of a custody agreement, Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation can serve as a Custody Evaluator for your family. We serve many parts of Minnesota, including the South Metro area.

Experienced South Metro Custody Evaluator

The importance of identifying a qualified custody evaluator cannot be overstated. A custody evaluator must understand with great specificity the details of Minnesota divorce law. In addition, a custody evaluator must have experience applying Minnesota divorce law to a wide variety of specific divorce cases. A custody evaluator must be able to empathize with the divorcing couple while prioritizing the well-being of their children. The vast majority of parents who have been helped by AMS Mediation love their children and want nothing but the best for them. However, there are circumstances when the disagreements that occur between them do not line up with what the state and the courts have determined to be in the best interests of the children. It is at those times when the experience, training, and expertise of our team becomes crucial.

Understanding the Custody Evaluation Process

Working with AMS Mediation in Custody Evaluation matters involves three different phases and a number of different components in each phase. The phases include Investigation, a Written Report, and Testimony.

The investigation phase involves interviews with relevant parties, including the parents and children who are old enough and mature enough to provide pertinent information. We may also interview your children’s teachers, doctors, and personal references to gain the most accurate information. Once interviews are completed, we will provide a written report to the court at the request of either parent. If your divorce case goes to trial, we will provide testimony about the findings of our investigation.

It is important to note that our Custody Evaluation process is always aimed at finding the best solutions for the children who are affected by divorce. If you would like more information, call us at 952.252.1492 to speak with Amber or a member of her 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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