Understanding the Divorce Process in Dakota County, MinnesotaWhen we get married, most of us do not consider the possibility that our marriage will end in divorce. So, there is simply no reason to think much about the divorce process. However, when life takes an unexpected turn and we determine that ending our marriage is the best decision, understanding the divorce process quickly becomes very relevant and more important. If you live in Dakota County, Minnesota, AMS Mediation can guide you through this process.

To understand the divorce process, it may help to understand how divorce has evolved over the last several decades. Divorce rates spiked in the 1970s and 1980s and this rate has held steady since that time. As a result, the courts became overrun by divorce cases. Couples seeking divorces found it to be a time-consuming process because of the difficulty of scheduling court dates, and also very expensive because of the necessity of hiring attorneys to represent them. The process was complicated and known to be very stressful for families whose lives had already been negatively impacted by the stresses of relationships in transition.

Navigating the Divorce Process

Divorce mediation has been an enormously helpful tool in recent decades. With the help of qualified and highly skilled divorce mediators, such as AMS Mediation’s staff, couples seeking divorce have an alternative. Divorce mediation is far less expensive for divorcing couples, less time consuming than court-based divorce cases, and perhaps most important of all, helpful to the people involved because of the prioritizing of a problem-solving and collaborative approach.

Dakota County Divorce Mediation Services

When you choose to work with AMS Mediation to settle your divorce, you will find that our team combines our deep knowledge of Minnesota divorce law with a commitment to helping you and your soon-to-be former spouse figure out ways to minimize, if not eliminate, the conflict between you. We can help you move into the next phase of your lives with less stress and greater clarity; and we can help you address and resolve questions pertaining to your children.

Divorce mediation is designed to help you resolve existing issues, finalize your divorce on an efficient timeline, cost you far less money than a court-based divorce proceeding, and help you feel better prepared for what comes next. Divorce mediation can help you resolve issues such as equitably dividing your property, deciding on a child custody agreement and deciding if spousal and/or child support is necessary. If you live in Dakota County, MN and are considering divorce mediation to end your marriage, please call us at 952.252.1492 to schedule 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 https://zoom.us/download.


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 gabe@amsmediationplus.com.


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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