First Steps for Divorce in MinnesotaEach state has specific divorce laws, so it is important to understand the specific guidelines in your state if you are planning to seek a divorce. In the state of Minnesota, you are not required to complete a legal separation before your divorce and an uncontested divorce can take as few as 4-6 weeks to complete. This is much faster than the process in other states. Minnesota is a “no fault” state, so you do not have to prove your spouse did something wrong in order for a divorce to be granted. This also means that the court cannot consider who is at fault when they are making decisions about your divorce settlement.

Minnesota Courts Recommend Mediation for Divorce Settlement

The Minnesota court system strongly recommends that all couples try an Alternative Dispute Resolution technique like divorce mediation before proceeding through the traditional court system. So, once you make the decision that divorce is right for you, you should contact a local divorce mediation firm to help guide you through the process. AMS Mediation has extensive experience helping couples just like you navigate divorce, one step at a time. We focus on your family needs, conserving financial resources and helping you look ahead to your future.

We offer a free initial consultation as a first step for our clients who want to learn more about the divorce process in Minnesota and how mediation might work for you. This gives you an opportunity to share specific information about your case, your concerns about areas of the settlement that might prove most difficult and ask questions that you have about the process. Our team understands that divorce can be one of the most stressful life events, so we make every effort to keep the process simple and on track. You can expect the entire mediation process to take 4-6 weeks (3-4 mediation sessions) and cost you (combined) approximately $4000. You will not have to hire lawyers unless you want to, and you can opt for in person or virtual mediation sessions.

Minnesota Divorce Mediation Services

The decision to divorce is not an easy one, but in the state of Minnesota, you can move quickly towards resolution. Mediation offers you the opportunity to have a say in issues like dividing your debt and assets, deciding on a parenting plan whether child support or spousal maintenance is necessary. Mediation can be successful in even the most contentious relationships. For more information about taking the first step toward divorce, give AMS Mediation a call at 952-252-1492.


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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