How To Get Started With Divorce MediationFor many couples, taking the first step toward divorce can be the most difficult. You question your decision and may not even know where to begin. The Minnesota court system requires couples who are seeking a divorce to use an alternative dispute resolution technique before proceeding with litigation, through the traditional court system. So, the first step for most couples is to find a mediator that you connect with that can help you navigate the divorce process. AMS Mediation offers complementary one-hour consultations to couples looking for an experienced divorce mediator and considering the mediation process.

Understanding the Mediation Process

The consultation will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the specifics of your situation and gather information about mediation in general as well as how mediation would work for your specific circumstance. In addition, this consultation gives you the chance to meet the mediator you may work with and find out whether you and your soon to be ex-spouse are comfortable. Fit is an important factor in the mediation process. You and your ex will receive information at the same time and get a preview for how the process will go. If you work with Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation, you will also be given detailed information about the documents you need to gather and how best to prepare for the process.

Here are a few additional pieces of information that may be helpful as you begin the mediation process:

Mediation costs less than litigation. You can expect to save several thousand dollars as well as significant time and stress.
Generally, you can settle the terms of your divorce including custody, division of property and child/spousal support in 2-3 mediation sessions that are spaced out over the course of several months.
Mediation can resolve divorce cases that are both high in conflict and highly complex.
Your mediator is a neutral third party in your divorce case and will not make decisions about your future. You and your ex-spouse will be empowered to find common ground and arrive at solutions that will work best for your family.
When the mediation process is complete, Amber can make sure you know how to complete and file the appropriate paperwork with the courts to finalize the terms of your divorce.

For more information about how the mediation process works, call us at 952-252-1492 to schedule a time for your free one-hour 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.


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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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