One of the most common and startling divorce statistics is that nearly 50% of all marriages will end in divorce. While this statistic goes against another common notion of “living happily ever after”, the fact is that many of us will either go through a divorce ourselves or know someone close who decides to end their marriage. Even as recently as 20 years ago, most divorces were litigated through the court system, costing couples significant time and money. However, more recently, divorce mediation has become a popular and highly effective tool for settling a divorce. In mediation, a couple works with a neutral third party (mediator) to discuss and resolve unsettled issues like division of assets/debts, child custody, also known as the development of a parenting plan, and spousal/child support. AMS Mediation of Burnsville, MN specializes in divorce mediation that is client-focused, fair, efficient, respectful, solution-based, and non-judgmental.

Role Of A Mediator

When you work with a mediator, it is important to understand that your mediator’s primary function is to facilitate a productive discussion between the divorcing couple that can result in that couple finding solutions. A mediator is not a decider, but a facilitator. The mediator helps to cultivate and maintain a safe, positive and constructive environment where solutions can be found. Mediators have been specifically trained to facilitate difficult, painful and emotional discussions. A mediator can answer questions about the divorce process, it’s general timeline, and can help you see the perspective of the other party and find creative solutions to issues that are unique to your family.

Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation is uniquely qualified as a mediator. In addition to the professional training and experience in the field, she has also navigated a divorce (with children) in the Burnsville, MN area. She has walked a similar path, felt the frustrations, concerns and fears and has experienced an adversarial divorce and its negative impact on parenting. Amber will use her training, professional and personal experience to help find solutions that will work for your family.

Benefits Of Mediation

The benefits of mediation are many — it is less expensive, takes less time, is more confidential, is most often successful and allows for creative and flexible solutions to settlement issues that the court cannot accommodate. Mediation gives you and your divorcing spouse more control over the divorce process and can actually improve communication between you and your ex-spouse. It can lay a strong foundation for future communication.

For more information about the divorce mediation services offered by AMS Mediation, call 952.252.1492 to schedule a free one hour consultation.


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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