Compair Mediation and LitigationOver the last decade, divorce mediation has become a popular and sought after option for settling the specifics for many divorces. Mediation gathers both parties together (in the presence of a mediator) and allows for open, honest discussion of the issues that need to be negotiated in a divorce settlement in non-judgemental atmosphere. Litigation is the process of settling a divorce by using the legal court system. The litigation process generally involves lawyers and a judge and the decisions are made by the legal officials, not by the couple. As you decide what process meets your unique needs, consider the following facts about the differences in the process.

  1. Litigation generally costs more and takes more time than mediation.
  2. You can never be certain of any outcome during litigation. Because the decision is in the hands of a judge, you have less control over the final decision and once the decision is made it is legally binding.
  3. Many states including Minnesota and Florida encourage the use of mediation before beginning the litigation process.
  4. Mediation encourages the two individuals to come together in the presence of a neutral third party and put all of their opinions, questions and concerns on the table. This discussion is cultivated in a non-judgemental environment where compromise and resolution are possible.
  5. Mediation often gives the opportunity to think outside of the box, so to speak, and find common ground. Litigation often encourages the participants to dig their heels in and engage in additional conflict throughout the process.
  6. Lawyers can be involved in both litigation and mediation. In litigation, they represent their clients and present cases to the judge. In mediation, the lawyers can be present to explain legal implications of decisions and help process paperwork at the conclusion of the process.
  7. Mediation generally reduces the overall conflict of a divorce situation, which benefits both parties as well as any children involved.

AMS Mediation: A Leader in Strong Mediation Services in Minnesota

AMS Mediation provides superior divorce mediation and parenting services in Minnesota that can be of great value during the divorce process. With a focus on conserving financial resources and creating successful parenting partnerships that benefit the parents as well as the children involved. We encourage open communication and seek to empower individuals to achieve a fair, affordable and workable solution during this difficult time. If you are interested in learning more about the mediation process or would like to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 1-952-252-1492.


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.


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.

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492.

We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at


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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