Traditional courtroom litigation is expensive and time-consuming.  It is not unusual for a divorce case to take years to resolve and cost the parties tens of thousands of dollars…each.  Unfortunately, you will not fully know how much the cost of representation in Minnesota is until your case has concluded.

Family law attorneys in Minnesota charge by the hour and require a retainer (typically a few thousand dollars) before they will begin working on your case. This means that every email, letter, and phone call quickly add up.  It is not unusual for some Minnesota divorce attorneys, especially ones that have been practicing for many years, to charge $300 per hour to represent clients.  Should you have a hearing scheduled in your case, and the courthouse is thirty minutes from your attorney’s office, you’ll spend $300 just on your attorney’s travel time.

Another factor that may unexpectedly cause your legal bills to skyrocket is if your spouse suddenly decides not to budge on an issue.  For example, perhaps you inherited a property from a grandparent during the marriage, and your spouse suddenly begins arguing that he should be entitled to a portion of its value.  Your attorney may have to spend hours drafting letters, performing research, and speaking with your spouse’s attorney on the phone to resolve this issue.  The stubbornness of one spouse can cost the other spouse thousands of dollars.

Finally, if your case reaches trial, preparation will cost several thousand dollars.  Your attorney will have to make copies of hundreds of documents, interview witnesses, attempt to negotiate with opposing counsel, and organize all items needed for trial.  The trial itself may take several hours, or even a few days.  Every hour of your attorney’s representation will add to your bill.  If your attorney spends 20 hours preparing for and conducting your trial, it may cost $6,000.

Mediation offers a more efficient process with fewer legal hoops to jump through – saving time and your hard earned money.


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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