Preparing For The Divorce Process in 2021As the country slowly starts to shift back toward reopening and a new sense of normalcy, the reality is that our lives have been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial strain, job changes, kids and virtual school are just some of the life changes we have seen in the last 12-15 months. If you and your spouse have spent this time deciding that you are ready to divorce and move on with your lives separately, you may be wondering how to navigate divorce in 2021. The team at AMS Mediation can help you find a path forward that will work for you and your family.

Planning For The Divorce Process

Preparing for divorce during this unusual time does not have to be overwhelming. When you partner with a mediation office like AMS Mediation, you can rest assured that you will understand the steps to take and have the support and guidance you need. The first thing to think about is how you want to manage your divorce. You generally have two options: mediation and litigation. It is important to note that even the Minnesota courts are encouraging all couples to start with mediation. It is less expensive and less time consuming and the courts are simply overloaded with cases right now.

Once you decide whether you want to proceed using mediation or litigation, you need to hire the services that you need. You should look for a mediator and/or lawyer who you connect with and can communicate with openly and freely. You should feel free to “shop around” so to speak to make sure that you find the right match. It is really important to the process that you and your spouse are comfortable with the person you work with. One other thing that you can do to prepare for the process is to get your financial documents organized and think about prioritizing items that you would like to keep when you divide your property.

Partner With An Experienced Divorce Mediator

Amber Serwat is an experienced divorce mediator who also has been through a divorce herself so she brings compassion and perspective that can be helpful to couples. Amber understands how difficult a divorce can be and can help you every step of the way. Right now, if you prefer, you can also complete the entire process virtually to minimize contact with others during the pandemic. If you would like more information about the divorce process, we would love to help. Call us at 952-252-1492 to schedule a time for a free 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.


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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