What Makes Mediation Effective?If you and your partner have decided to divorce and you are wondering whether mediation might be an option to pursue, one big question you may have is whether it is an effective way to settle the terms of your divorce. You may be surprised to learn that the Minnesota courts actually recommend that all couples attempt an alternative dispute resolution technique (like mediation) before pursuing litigation, or a court battle. What makes mediation effective? AMS Mediation can help you answer that question:

  1. Cooperative approach: A lengthy court battle can increase the already tense situation between you and your soon to be ex-spouse. Mediation puts emphasis on a cooperative approach to resolving issues such as division of property, a child custody agreement and even the need for spousal or child support. Your mediator will facilitate a discussion that focuses on collaboration, compromise and finding common ground. This approach works for many couples and actually produces results that are better for all involved.
  2. Flexible solutions: Mediation allows you to come up with creative and unique solutions that will work for your family’s needs. When you leave the big decisions related to your divorce to a judge, you lose the ability to come up with creative and flexible solutions.
  3. Confidential: Rather than having to tell your story in a courtroom filled with staff, lawyers and onlookers, mediation allows you to resolve the issues between you and your spouse confidentially. What is discussed in your mediation sessions cannot be shared during litigation should mediation be unsuccessful.
  4. Resolve conflict quickly: Mediation takes significantly less time than a court battle, allowing you to move forward more quickly. You can resolve all aspects of even a complex divorce in a matter of 6-8 weeks (3-4 mediation sessions). Every divorce is unique and the team at AMS Mediation can guide you through the process. A court battle can take many months, if not longer.
  5. Solutions are legal and official: Once you and your ex have come to an agreement for your divorce, your mediator can help you file appropriate paperwork with the Minnesota courts. A mediation agreement is considered a legal document and is “official” for legal purposes.

Minnesota Divorce Mediation Services

AMS Mediation helps Minnesota families navigate the divorce process from start to finish. We understand that this is a difficult time, so we offer mediation services as an efficient and effective way to solve even complicated divorce settlements in a fair way. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call us 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 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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