Managing Marital Conflict During COVID-19It is no surprise with the increased stress over the last year including financial impact, job loss, virtual school and the threat of transmission, there is also a rise in overall conflict inside many homes. For one thing, we are all spending much more time at home than ever before with many of us working from home and helping our kids complete school work from home. March marks the one year mark since the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic and while we are seeing signs of hope (vaccines and lower transmission rates), the long term toll of this on our interpersonal lives is largely unknown.

Increased Stress And Conflict During COVID

If you have noticed an increased level of conflict in your marriage, you are not alone. Many couples are struggling during this time. Here are some of the most common issues facing couples during the pandemic:

1. Lack of personal space
2. Dramatic changes in schedule(s) for all family members
3. Financial stress
4. Communication problems
5. Existing problems may be worsened by an increase in overall stress

If this conflict has reached a breaking point for you and you are thinking about solutions that include separation or divorce, you might want to consider mediation as a first step forward. Right now, the court system is backed up and it is difficult to move forward quickly with litigation under normal circumstances (it is even more difficult now). Mediation allows you to work with a neutral third party to come up with a plan for separating, including how your children will spend their time. Mediation will help you facilitate positive and productive communication and help you create a path forward that will work for you and your family. Mediation is far less expensive than litigation and can also be a resource anytime you need it.

Mediation Services For Couples

AMS Mediation specializes in divorce mediation services and can help you reduce the conflict in your marriage. Our team understands that this is an extraordinarily difficult time for families. We offer our mediation and parenting support services for all couples who need help. Right now, we can complete sessions virtually so that you can minimize the risk of spreading the virus and keep your family safe. Mediation focuses on reducing your overall stress and conflict, rather than increasing it and is a highly successful tool. For more information or to schedule a time for a free consultation, call us at 952-252-1492.


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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