Key Term Definitions

Property Division: The equitable distribution of all assets (money and property) and liabilities (debt) between you and your spouse. The State of MN assumes a common interest in all marital property, real or personal, acquired during the course of a marriage (MN§518.58). Marital property often includes retirement funds and pension plans (MN§518.582). During mediation we will document and verify all martial and non-marital (if any) property.

Child Support: The payment of financial support from one parent to another for the purpose of providing for the needs of minor children (MN Child Support Handbook). There are three main components of child support:

  • Basic support: Housing, food, clothing, transportation, education costs, and other expenses relating to the child’s care (MN§518A.26).
  • Daycare support (MN§518A.40).
  • Medical support (MN§518A.41).

The amount of support paid is based on the parent’s combined income and parenting time. Click the following for a link to the MN Child Support Calculator.

Spousal Maintenance or Alimony: The payment of a financial support from one spouse to the other for the purpose of maintaining a certain standard of living after divorce or legal separation (MN§518.552).

Parenting Plan: A comprehensive document which includes at a minimum: a regular parenting time (visitation) and holiday schedule (MN§518.175), designation of custody / decision making responsibilities regarding the children (MN§518.003), and a method of dispute resolution. Parents may include additional parenting agreements such as protocols relating to extra-curricular activities, medical appointments, vacations and travel, communication, academic and religious education, first right of refusal, discipline, etc. (MN§518.1705).

The MN ADR Brochure is provided by the State of MN. It explains Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and your responsibility to at least attempt to settle your case through the use of ADR and a qualified neutral.

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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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