When Minneapolis couples opt to resolve their divorce issues through mediation, savings in terms of time and money are equally likely. When finances are a concern and when you hope that you’ll be able to work through the key divorce issues relatively quickly, choosing mediation is a wise decision.

While a contested divorce in Minnesota might cost upwards of $10,000 per party, mediation tends to cost far less, usually in the $2000-$5000 range total. If you want to maximize your time as well as your cost savings during a divorce, follow these tips.

First, prepare your documentation well in advance of the first mediation session.  This includes gathering any financial statements or other relevant information that pertains to the marriage or divorce.  Order it in terms of chronology and prepare an extra copy just in case.

Second, attend mediation with an open mind.  Good settlements often require concessions on both sides – considering and making concessions during mediation will save both time and money. Divorcing spouses often communicate better through mediation sessions as opposed to independently or through litigation.

Direct communication is best whether you are caucusing in separate rooms or sitting at the same table to discuss the primary issues of the divorce. Some spouses find it helpful to meet separately with the mediator in different rooms, while others prefer to meet face-to-face. One of the greatest benefits of divorce mediation in Minneapolis is that you can tailor the process to meet your needs and comfort level. Being prepared goes a long way in mediation because you may be able to address all of your divorce issues in one session or a handful of sessions, limiting your expenses.


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. Gabe can be reached via email at gabe@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!


Amber Serwat & Gabe Frye
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

Divorce Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services - Amber Serwat Mediation

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