Facts about Divorce Mediation MNGoing through a separation or divorce where you are wanting to keep the decision making in your hands rather than the courts? Divorce mediation is an alternative to the courtroom setting that allows you and your separated or divorced spouse to make agreed upon decisions regarding all things around a break up including children and finances. AMS Mediation is a Minnesota based mediation firm that offers divorce mediation at an affordable price. Before you decide on whether your separation or divorce will be handled through mediation or in the courtroom, it is important that you understand the FAQ’s behind divorce mediation.

The FAQ’s About Divorce Mediation

  • Mediator’s Responsibilities – Serving as an unbiased third party, a divorce mediator helps couples come to a fair agreement on the big issues around a divorce. Providing information about the Minnesota laws and ensuring that both sides get equal amount of time to speak are other responsibilities of a mediator.
  • The Process – Most divorce mediation sessions last about 1-2 hours. The first session is used to determine the issues that need to be addressed, and their priority. The additional sessions focus on moving forward and coming to fair decisions with everyone’s best interests in mind. Lastly, an agreement is drafted by the mediator for review by the couples and their attorneys if applicable.
  • Filing – Your attorney will file the agreed upon paperwork with the court system. You will not have to appear in court when using divorce mediation.
  • Length of Time – The amount of time divorce mediation takes depends on how intense your disagreements are. Typically, there are 3 to 4 sessions lasting 1-2 hours each.
  • Cheaper – Keep that money in your pocket with divorce mediation! A courtroom based divorce usually costs 2 to 10 times more than divorce mediation, not to mention the courtroom is mentally more draining as well.
  • Enforceable – Once the mediation agreement is signed by both sides and filed in court, the agreement is just as enforceable as a courtroom centered divorce.
  • Protection – If you fear that your spouse may try and bully you during mediation, you do not need to worry. The mediator will ensure that both sides are on even playing fields and that one side does not overpower the other.
  • Use of an Attorney – Mediation does not replace the use of an Attorney. We do encourage you to seek legal advice during mediation because the mediator cannot give either side legal advice.
  • Too Difficult for Mediation – There is no such thing as a case that is too difficult for divorce mediation. Our dedicated team thrives in difficult situations, so we encourage you to bring your situation forward.
  • Can’t Agree – If there are issues that you cannot come to an agreement on, the mediation agreement will address the one’s that you can agree on, and you can handle the rest in court.
  • Don’t Get Along – It is ok if you and your spouse don’t get along. Our mediators are trained to handle these types of situations and provide the resources to handle the discussions peacefully.

So, consider these facts and determine if divorce mediation is right for you. If so, team up with AMS Mediation today! If you live in Minnesota, give us a call at (952) 252-1492 to set up a free consultation.


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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