Many couples enter divorce with a very limited understanding of divorce law, which is understandable, but this can be extremely limiting when it comes to navigating the difficult process. Without basic knowledge about the legal process, conflict can quickly increase between the two parties, and the process can become emotionally taxing and unnecessarily expensive. In fact, the state of Minnesota recommends that couples who are beginning the divorce process complete a family law basics course that can provide important information and can empower both parties to help control the legal outcomes of your divorce. AMS Mediation of Burnsville, MN offers the two recommended courses, both of which are four hours in length.

Parenting And Divorce Education, MN

The first course, entitled “A Toolkit for Navigating Your Legal Process” focuses on providing basic education about the legal process of divorce as well as how other factors that are outside the legal realm can influence the process. This course can help you minimize the emotional and financial cost of the divorce process. Topics that this course covers include stress and grieving the loss of your marriage, the emotions of divorce and/or separating, legal options, information about important things to consider related to property division, spousal and/or child support, and creating successful parenting plans.

The second course, “A Toolkit for Successful Separate Parenting,” gives you the tools you will need to be able to be an effective parent (and co-parent) after a divorce. Topics that you can expect to learn about include the impact of divorce and conflict on your kids, various needs and perspectives based on age, tips for talking to your kids about your divorce, healthy behaviors, what to avoid, and best practices. In addition, this course goes over elements of a healthy parenting environments, as well as conflict management techniques and effective communication skills.

Register For Family Law Basics Classes Today

AMS Mediation offers these courses regularly on weeknight from 4:30 – 8:30 pm. However, if weekend times are more appealing and better for your schedule, we also offer weekend combo classes from 9 am – 5:30 pm with a break for lunch. The weekend session includes both the Legal Process class and the Separate Parenting class. You can choose to attend both or just one. For more information about these MN Family Law Basics Classes or to register, call 952.252.1492 or register here.


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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