Does Mediation Make a Divorce Easier?Divorce is known to be one of the most difficult transitions in life. There is simply no way around that difficulty. However, decisions you make about how to navigate the divorce process can make a big difference for you and your family. Choosing divorce mediation over litigation can make the divorce process easier – certainly not EASY, but it can provide you and your family with some measurable relief. Here are just a few of the ways that mediation proves easier for families ready to move forward with a divorce:

1. Costs less: Divorce can be extremely expensive, and this financial burden can make an already complicated and difficult situation much worse. You can expect mediation to cost around $4000 from start to finish when you work with a team like AMS Mediation. On the other hand, litigation can cost up to (and even more than) $15,000 if you hire attorneys and proceed through the traditional court system.
2. Takes less time: Once you make the difficult decision to divorce, the process itself can take many months, especially if you engage in a court battle. Mediation can help you resolve all aspects of your divorce in a matter of a few short months. This allows you to move forward with your life more quickly, leaving the pain you have experienced behind.
3. Allows flexibility: When you and your ex work together to resolve the issues between you, you are much more likely to be able to come up with solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of your family. You do not have to follow the directive of a judge–and this flexibility usually results in divorce agreements that are much more successful long term.
4. Reduce conflict: Mediation focuses on collaboration rather than conflict and can be successful even if your relationship is adversarial. In fact, mediation can lay the groundwork for a more positive relationship after your divorce, which can be especially important if you share children and need to co-parent.

Understand the Divorce Mediation Process in Minnesota

Amber Serwat, founder of AMS Mediation understands that no divorce is easy. In fact, not only is she a trusted and experienced mediator, but she also has been through a difficult divorce herself. She brings compassion, understanding and knowledge of Minnesota law to the cases she works on. For more information about the mediation process, call Amber at 952-252-1492 or email


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Amber Serwat & Gabe Frye
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Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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