Will Divorce Mediation Work for Us?  Divorce mediation is a tool that can be used by couples to settle the important terms of a divorce, without having to proceed through the court system. There are many benefits to using mediation – it is less expensive than litigation, takes less time to resolve your divorce, and is very often less stressful. You may wonder if divorce mediation is a good fit for you and would work for your specific divorce case. AMS Mediation serves couples in Apple Valley, MN and can help you answer the questions you have about divorce mediation and your specific set of circumstances.

Divorce mediation can benefit the vast majority of couples seeking a divorce. The process is entirely confidential and based on the premise of cooperation and collaboration. Your mediator serves as a neutral third party, facilitating discussion between you and your divorcing spouse about division of joint property, child custody, spousal maintenance, child support and other issues relevant to your case. It is important to realize that mediation can only work if both parties come to the table voluntarily and it is most successful when you come with a commitment to openness and honesty. You and your ex will ultimately make the decisions about how to resolve the issues related to your divorce, so as a result, these solutions are much more successful than when these major life decisions are put in the hands of a judge.

Divorce Mediation vs. Litigation

Litigation, on the other hand, can often increase the conflict between the two parties, putting you in a win/lose scenario where, in truth, your entire family can lose. Litigation is more expensive, takes more time and ultimately is more emotionally draining than mediation. The Minnesota courts are so backed up that you may have to wait for court dates to coordinate with your attorney’s availability. In fact, the state of Minnesota now encourages ALL couples to try mediation before proceeding through the traditional legal system.

Apple Valley Experienced Divorce Mediator

AMS Mediation has extensive experience helping couples in Apple Valley navigate the divorce process. We understand how difficult a divorce is for you and your family. We listen to your questions and your concerns and help you manage your priorities as you move forward. Mediation can also be extremely helpful after a divorce is final and AMS Mediation also specializes in post-divorce mediation. If would like to speak with a member of our team, call 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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