Although divorce mediation is not as stressful or formal a process as a family court trial, it is still important to prepare. Make sure that your financial forms are up to date and bring copies of documents that show the values of your assets and debts. If you have emails, text messages, photographs, or Facebook posts that help explain or illustrate your concerns, bring copies of those as well.

The ultimate goal of mediation is to create a settlement. Therefore, think about which issues are most important to you and how you want those issues to be resolved. If you have children, think about what you believe is best for them as they transition into a two-household family structure. Be flexible in your requests—mediation will be unsuccessful if you present a list of demands and refuse to negotiate or consider alternative. If there are issues that you feel must be resolved a certain way, be prepared to explain why.

Divorce mediation, though less adversarial than courtroom litigation, is still stressful and emotional. After all, you will be discussing how to end to your marriage. Therefore, it is important to keep your emotions in check as much as possible. Try to remain as objective as possible when discussing settlement possibilities with the mediator. Adopt a business-like tone and a future focus.

It is easy to forget about issues that may seem insignificant at the time, but will affect you and/or your children in the future. For example, if your children are young, you may not think about when they need a cell phone or who will provide car insurance. Bigger issues include how to handle relocation and/or unemployment. Avoid future litigation by making a list of everything that you think needs to be addressed during the divorce mediation. Your mediator can also assist you in identifying potential future issues you may want to address.

A MESSAGE FROM AMS, LLC - RE: COVID-19

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. Gayle can be reached via email at gayle@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!

 

Sincerely,
Amber Serwat & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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