Grounds for DivorceIf you are considering divorce and have questions about the legal definitions and what the courts consider grounds for divorce, AMS Mediation can help. Our team stays current with Minnesota divorce law and can provide you support, advice and guidance about how best to proceed through the process, should you decide to pursue a divorce. Regulations about what type of circumstances must be in place in order to get a divorce are known as grounds for divorce. Common grounds for divorce include adultery, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Different states accept different grounds for divorce.

Grounds for Divorce

Grounds for divorce fall into one of two broad categories: fault and no-fault divorces. Minnesota is known as a no-fault state, which means that you do not have to prove that your spouse was at fault in order for a court to grant your divorce. You can instead divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences, which basically means that you and your spouse are unable to get along and there is no realistic chance that you will resolve this. No-fault divorces have become more popular over the last decade in large part because no-fault divorces can be resolved more quickly and often with less stress.

Benefits of Using Divorce Mediation

Mediation is an excellent way to resolve a no-fault divorce. Rather than focusing on blame, you and your spouse can turn that energy into resolving issues like division of joint property, how to divide time with your children (parenting plan) and whether spousal support or child support payments are necessary. AMS Mediation can facilitate the divorce mediation process, guiding you through the entire process from start to finish. When your divorce settlement is finalized, we can also help you file it with the court system. Mediation allows you to resolve all of these complex issues without litigation. This can save a couple significant time and money, which also decreases the overall stress related to a divorce.

Experienced Minnesota Divorce Mediator

There are countless reasons why couples choose to divorce and very often, there is much conflict on your path to this decision. Partnering with an experienced and trusted mediation team like AMS Mediation will make the process smooth so that you can focus on healing for yourself and your children so that you can all find your way forward toward a new life. If you have questions about the divorce process, call AMS Mediation at 952-252-1492 to schedule a free no risk 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


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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