Custody Mediation

Custody mediation is a process which allows never-married parents to resolve custody, parenting time and child support issues in less time, with less conflict, and with significantly less expense than the traditional legal process and litigation.
Custody Mediation for Never-Married Couples MN

Benefits of a Mediated Custody Settlement:

  • Significantly controls costs, both financially and emotionally
  • Opportunity to be creative and address important non-legal issues
  • Benefits children by reducing conflict
  • Establishes a foundation for effective co-parenting
  • Mediated agreements tend to be more satisfying than imposed court orders
  • Confidentiality
  • Focuses on the present and future, not the past

You may be surprised to know that most MN custody cases (over 90%) are settled before they ever reach a court room. Mediation is so effective that the State of Minnesota requires you make a good faith effort to resolve your custody issues through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) before appearing in Court – so why not start with a process which is proven to work as well, if not better, than litigation?

To read about state ADR requirements, take a look at the ADR in the MN State Court System brochure.

Three Components of a Custody Settlement:

  1. Legal and Physical Custody Designations
  2. Parenting time (visitation) and other important parenting agreements
  3. Child Support

Follow this link for information about Minnesota law: MN statute.

Custody mediation allows you to discuss these important issues in a safe and constructive environment. It also allows you to easily exchange the documentation necessary to verify income and child related costs such as health insurance and/or daycare. Mediation is not a way to side-step the law, it is a process which allows you to control your own future and ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your children. Click here for Mediation FAQs.

Although many of Ms. Serwat’s clients reach a complete custody settlement without retaining an attorney; some need and/or want legal representation. If your situation warrants legal representation or if you simply feel better knowing that you are legally represented your lawyer is welcome to participate with you in the mediation process. Starting custody mediation without attorneys in no way limits your right to retain an attorney in the future and/or appear in court.

SUPERIOR SERVICE: All mediators are not created equal! Although mediators are not decision makers, they do have a significant impact on your divorce process. Mediators set the tone and guide you through the rough patches. Therefore, it is wise to interview mediators and select one who respects your sense of fairness, recognizes the importance of self-determination, helps generate creative solutions and facilitates workable agreements.

FREE CONSULTATIONS: Ms. Serwat welcomes the opportunity to meet you and answer your questions about custody mediation. Please call to schedule a free one-hour consultation. During this joint consultation with your parenting partner you will learn how Ms. Serwat’s mediation process would work for you, your parenting partner, and your unique situation.

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AMS Mediation

Contact Information:
Phone: 952.252.1492
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box #14
Savage, MN 55378
Business Hours:
9 - 4:30 Monday — Thursday
Evening appts available,
Call for scheduling.
Payment Options:
Credit Cards Accepted


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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