Divorce is undeniably stressful and has the reputation for bringing out the worst in people. Conflict and emotions are high and many difficult decisions must be made under duress in order to separate the two intertwined lives. You must decide how to divide your property, assets (and debts), settle on a parenting plan for how the kids will spend their time and come to an agreement on any child and/or spousal support. Many assume that hiring a lawyer and letting the court help you settle your divorce is the best (or only) way to navigate a divorce. Another option that has become more popular over the last decade is to use divorce mediation instead of the courts to settle a divorce. Mediation focuses on finding areas of compromise and common ground rather than exacerbating conflict. AMS Mediation offers high quality divorce mediation services for couples in the Burnsville area who are considering their options for settling their divorce.

Divorce Settlement: Court or Mediation?

When you are weighing your options for settling your divorce, it is helpful to be informed about both. There are generally two choices for settling a divorce: proceeding through the court under the representation of an attorney or divorce mediation. Currently, in Minnesota, the State requires divorcing couples (without a history of domestic violence) to participate in an ADR process, such as mediation, prior to appearing in court. Divorce Mediation costs approximately $4000, including several sessions, filing fees and legal drafted if needed. This is only a fraction of the cost of a court battle, which costs on average $15,000.

You can also expect your divorce settlement to take significantly less time than a court battle. You will likely need 6-8 hours of mediation (usually one session is 2 hours) over the course of a 6-8 week period of time. A court case depends on the schedule of attorneys, the court and a judge, so that can take considerably longer. Mediation can work for couples with complex issues to sort out and even for couples with high conflict. A professionally trained meditator can help the couple find common ground and stay focused on the pertinent topics in a respectful manner.

Professional Burnsville Divorce Mediator

AMS Mediation is led by Amber Serwat, a mediator with both professional experience with divorce mediation and personal experience with settling her own divorce. She understands the difficulty and pain that is associated with divorce and will work to help you find solutions that work for all parties and helps your family move forward in a positive way. For more information about using divorce mediation as an option for your divorce settlement, call Amber directly at 952.252.1492.

A MESSAGE FROM AMS LLC RE: COVID-19

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.

STILL WORKING

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. We are now working remotely and ensure the ongoing availability of mediation, PC, PTE and other ADR services.

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492.

We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at zoom.us/download.

NEW CLIENTS WELCOME

We continue to 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 adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, remain resilient and stay healthy!

Amber Serwat and Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional and ADR Assistant

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