Your Divorce Mediation Questions AnsweredAMS Mediation has been working with couples all over Minnesota to resolve the terms of divorce for more than a decade. In this time, we have built a reputation in the area as offering a path for couples who are trying to achieve a fair and affordable divorce. Our experience and training has positioned us as a leading divorce mediation provider in the area. We have compiled answers to some common questions below about the mediation process. If you are considering a divorce

1. Why should I choose mediation over litigation? There are many reasons to consider mediation before you go through the court system to settle your divorce. First, the court system actually recommends that all couples try mediation first because the court system’s calendar is so backed up that it cannot accommodate all of the divorce cases. In addition, divorce mediation is less expensive and takes less time than litigation and can lay a more positive foundation for future communication with your ex about things like co-parenting.
2. How much does mediation cost? If you choose to work with AMS Mediation, you can expect to pay around $4000 (combined). This includes your mediator fees, filing fees (to your county) as well as fees for drafting.
3. What is the role of a divorce mediator? Unlike a judge, a divorce mediator is not a decider in a divorce case. Instead, a mediator will facilitate a discussion during the divorce settlement process, encouraging both parties to find a resolution. A mediator is a neutral third party who is trained to help lead a productive and positive discussion that will yield a settlement based on compromise.
4. How long will divorce mediation take? Every divorce mediation case is different, of course, but you can expect to take several 2-3 mediation sessions over the course of 6-8 weeks. You can complete this process in person or virtually, depending on your preference. Keep in mind that processing the documents can take another 1-8 weeks after the mediation process is complete.
5. What can I do to prepare for the divorce mediation process? To make the process as smooth as possible, we recommend that you gather financial documents ahead of the first mediation session, think about any priorities that you have and come into the session with an open mind and a willingness to compromise.

If you have additional questions about the divorce mediation process, reach out to the team at AMS Mediation 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


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

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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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