Key Factors in a DivorceDivorce is a pivotal moment in your life – and it can certainly be one of the most stressful and difficult decisions you will ever make. If you and your spouse have decided to move forward with divorce, there are likely many reasons that you can point to that led you to this decision. Infidelity, financial stress, and communication issues are some of the most common catalysts for divorce. If you and your spouse have made the difficult decision that divorce is the best next step for you and your family, you want to keep some key factors in mind as you navigate the process.

  1. Children: Your children did not ask for a divorce and their lives will change because of it. You must understand this and work hard to make decisions about your divorce that protect your children and keep them a priority. This can mean working through the anger that you feel for your spouse so that you can improve communication after divorce in order to co-parent successfully. It can also mean making a commitment to not speaking negatively about your spouse to your children. Your children will need your love and support during and after divorce.
  2. Cost of Divorce: Depending on how you decide to settle your divorce, divorce can be extremely expensive. Litigating your divorce in the court system can cost as much as $15,000. Mediation is a much less expensive option, generally costing between two and ten times less than traditional litigation.
  3. Vision for your Future: You have likely spent countless hours trying to save your marriage. Divorce is difficult but it is a chance to finally look forward toward a new future, rather than backward at a failing marriage. This hope can help couples find their way forward.

Using Divorce Mediation to Settle your Divorce

AMS Mediation understands how difficult divorce can be on the couple as well as the children that they share. Our team offers a client-centered approach that can empower you to settle your divorce in a way that is fair, affordable and workable so that your entire family can move forward in a positive way.

Mediation gives you flexibility to find solutions that will work for your family, rather than leaving these big decisions in the hands of the courts. Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation has been through a difficult divorce herself and uses her personal experience and professional expertise to help guide couples all over the Minnesota area settle the important aspects of their divorce so that they can move forward with their lives. Call AMS Mediation at 952-252-1492 for more information about how mediation can work for you.


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.


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. We are now working remotely and ensure the ongoing availability of mediation, PC, PTE and other ADR services.

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We continue to 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 adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, remain resilient and stay healthy!

Amber Serwat and Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional and ADR Assistant

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