Reducing The Financial Stress Of DivorceThere are many different things that can be stressful about divorce. One of the most common causes of stress is the financial impact on a family. Proceeding through the court system involves spending money on attorneys, which can add up very quickly. The average cost of a traditional divorce in the United States can be up to $15,000. When you add that to the increased costs of funding two households with the same income level, it can be an overwhelming prospect. However, you can find ways to minimize the financial impact of divorce. Divorce mediation is dramatically less expensive than litigation, reducing the financial and emotional stress of divorce.

Mediation is a highly effective and successful way to navigate the divorce process without having to engage lawyers and the court system. A mediator can help facilitate discussion about all issues you need to resolve including dividing your joint property, creating a parenting plan that outlines how your kids will divide their time and deciding whether or not spousal maintenance is needed. Your mediator can help you set goals, have productive conversation and find common ground. Ultimately, the divorce settlements that are developed in mediation have a better chance of being successful long term as well because the couple arrived at the settlement themselves.

Benefits Of Divorce Mediation

Mediation takes less time and is also far less expensive than litigation. If you partner with a mediation firm like AMS Mediation, you can expect to pay approximately $4000 for the process from start to finish. This includes a mediator fee (by the hour), a filing fee to your county, and a fee for professional drafting. Divorce mediation generally ranges from 20-50% less expensive than litigation. That can really help a family avoid acute financial stress. Because divorce can be resolved via mediation more quickly than in litigation, you can also move forward with your life more quickly.

Minnesota Mediation Services

AMS Mediation specializes in divorce mediation for couples in Minnesota. We have experience helping couples find solutions that work for them and that are financially sound and fair. We can complete mediation sessions in person or virtually, depending on your preference and can begin work nearly immediately. No more waiting! You can regain control of your life and settle your divorce without a huge financial burden. For more information or to speak with our team about how divorce mediation could work for you, give us a call at 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.


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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