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What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

by Amber M. Serwat

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?If you are contemplating divorce, doing your research and thinking about how to proceed with the process, you may find yourself running across the term – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This term includes several different types of strategies to resolve conflict between parties, without going through the traditional litigation process. The courts are backed up with many cases and it can take weeks, months and even longer to set up a date for your case to be heard. As a result, the Minnesota courts are encouraging individuals to try an alternative dispute resolution technique before going through the courts. Mediation is one highly effective

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Do I Need A Divorce Coach?

by Amber M. Serwat

Do I Need A Divorce Coach?Divorce is known to be one of the most difficult life events – and that fact is no surprise to anyone who has already been through the process. If you have made the difficult decision to end your marriage, you may feel like you could use some additional support and guidance during this time. A divorce coach may be exactly the resource that you need to help you navigate this process with less stress

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First Steps In The Divorce Process

by Amber M. Serwat

First Steps In The Divorce Process Divorce is something that is often thought about by couples for many months (or years) before any formal steps are taken to move forward. This may be for many reasons–you may not be ready to take these steps, you may not know what steps to even take, or you may be concerned about the financial impact and/or logistical issues ahead. If you think you are ready to learn more about the process, you might want to focus on

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Tips For Saving Money During Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

Tips For Saving Money During DivorceDivorce is expensive, there is simply no getting around that fact. In fact, for many couples, divorce can be financially devastating as they try to meet the financial needs of two households instead of one (with virtually the same level of income). There are some ways to lessen the financial burden on you and your family. Here are a few tips for saving money during your divorce:
1. Develop a budget: While you cannot always control all of the expenses

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Property Division During Divorce

by Amber M. Serwat

How Do You Divide Property In A DivorceWhen you say your wedding vows, you begin to share a new life together. For many couples, this may mean purchasing a home together, a vehicle, furniture, recreational equipment and much more. You may also begin to save for retirement and invest in the stock market in addition to sharing a regular bank account. This is easier than keeping everything separate for most couples and as the time passes

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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. Gayle 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 & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

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