Custody Evaluator Serving Dakota County in MinnesotaAt AMS Mediation, we know that few things are more important to divorcing parents than determining the terms of custody.  If you and your ex-spouse cannot agree on the terms of a custody arrangement, the court may require you to work with a custody evaluator in order to ensure that the best possible decisions are made on behalf of your children.  A custody evaluator (CE) will evaluate your case over the course of several months and make specific recommendations to the court about what will be in the child’s best interest.

How Does A Custody Evaluation Work?

The most common reason a child-custody evaluation becomes necessary is to help you come to agreement on the vitally important matters of custody and visitation after your divorce is final. Custody evaluations can also be ordered when parents feel that the custody agreement that is currently in place does not work as it should for the children. In such cases, it is typical for a judge to order an evaluation at that point.  A custody evaluation generally takes three to six months to complete and while the recommendations are not legally binding, the court does put significant weight on them.

In close cases, it is typical for a psychologist to interview and evaluate both parents and their children who are affected by the custody agreement. It is best when one professional is able to perform all of the evaluations.  This provides a consistent standard of evaluation and continuity. Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation is trained and experienced in evaluating the children’s status and developmental needs, as well as their relationships with each parent. Amber can complete interviews, conduct a home visit, review court documents and school documents and can review parent’s medical and mental health testing.  After the investigation is complete, Amber can then complete a written report if you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement and testify in court if necessary.

We Can Help Resolve Your Custody Dispute

Solving custody disputes is difficult.  If you and your divorcing spouse do not see eye to eye on how your child/children spend their time, you may benefit from a custody evaluation.  If you have been ordered to complete a Child-Custody Evaluation, you and your attorneys can choose a Custody Evaluator to work with along with AMS Mediation.  You can reach AMS Mediation by phone 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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