MN Help after a Stressful DivorceMinnesota parenting mediation helps divorcing or uncoupling parents make decisions that impact their children. At issue will be custody determination, parenting time and child support – to name just a few important topics. Since these are adult topics about children – not topics for children – parents benefit greatly from having a process to privately and thoughtfully address these issues. Minnesota parenting mediation provides the structure for this process.

When parents enter into mediation for determining issues relating to their children it is common that they will have some differences of opinion regarding issues as significant as custody labels to seemingly smaller issues such as bedtimes in each home. With the help of an experienced mediator, parents work together to make these decisions. Both parents will make concessions along the way – and in the end they will have an agreement that is truly in the best interest of their children.

Parenting mediation typically involves the parents and the mediator – and not the children.  Although the children’s best interests are a priority when creating a settlement agreement, this does not mean that children should be present for discussions about custody and visitation.  Many children experience “loyalty-tug” and feel as though they must choose between parents, causing them anxiety and even depression. If the children’s voices are necessary, a child specialist can be engaged to meet with the children privately and then report back to the parents and mediator without involving the children directly – this is called child inclusive mediation.

Parenting mediation allows parents to customize a detailed parenting plan that suits the specific needs of their children and family. Although living separately, co-parenting must continue. Parenting mediation allows the parties to determine the best way for both parents to remain active and significantly involved in the children’s lives which allows children to more successfully adjust to their new routines.


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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