Dakota County Custody EvaluatorIf you and your ex-spouse are unable or unwilling to reach your own agreement on child custody matters, the court may appoint a Custody Evaluator (CE) to make an informed recommendation. The Dakota County District Court may have to step to require both parties to work with a professional evaluator who is trained in areas related to the child’s wellbeing. Topics that are covered during the detailed custody evaluation include the legal and physical custody, visitation and parenting plan agreements. The best interest of the child/children should always be the main focus. You, as parents can choose whom to hire as the child custody evaluator to investigate your case. Amber M. Serwat Mediation is an excellent choice as an experienced Custody Evaluator (CE) in Dakota County, Minnesota.

Child Custody Evaluation; How it Works

Why Do Court Ordered Custody Evaluations Take Place?
Very often one of the first steps that co-parents can take is to enlist the help of a professional mediator. When talks break down, parties are unable to come to a reasonable agreement on how, who and where to raise the children, or one parent requests a child custody evaluation, a court ordered custody evaluation may be next. A neutral, third party evaluator can be selected by the interested parties and their attorneys or a judge may assign a qualified evaluator to the case.

Topics Investigated During Custody Evaluations

Divorce and paternity cases may require the assistance of a court assigned evaluator. As a qualified child custody evaluator, Ms. Serwat of AMS Mediation can provide you with a professional recommendation on several important topics related to the care of a child. A comprehensive child custody evaluation typically takes 3 to 6 months to complete. Areas of particular interest include the following topics:

• Physical Custody of a Child or Children
• Legal Custody (healthcare, schooling, religious upbringing)
• Child Visitation or Parenting Time Schedule
• A several months long investigation will likely cover individual interviews with each parent and child. Teachers, pediatricians, daycare providers and others may also be contacted. Careful observation of the child’s interaction with each parent is often incorporated into the recommendations for the family.

Experienced Child Custody Evaluator

At AMS Mediation we take the role of Custody Evaluator (CE) very seriously. Everything that is done during a custody evaluation is for the child’s best interest as determined by Minnesota law. In our experience, a child custody evaluation can be a great opportunity for parents to learn to work together as a way to make sure that the children are well cared for in the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial sense.

To work with an experienced Dakota County Child Custody Evaluator, contact AMS Mediation 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 https://zoom.us/download.


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 gabe@amsmediationplus.com.


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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