Separate smarter
Minimise trauma
Save time and money

At Bayside Mediation, we understand that separating parents are under considerable stress when navigating either or both parenting and financial disputes. Our registered and highly qualified Family Dispute Practitioners can help you resolve your dispute.

We believe that agreements reached between parents are more successful and longer lasting because you made them.

Child Custody and Parenting

Bayside Mediation is a private family law mediation practice, helping parents negotiate the care arrangements for their children without costly legal bills.

Financial and Property Settlements

A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner at Bayside Mediation can help you negotiate a settlement quickly, fairly and at a fraction of the cost of using solicitors.

Family Law Mediation

Reach a quick, cost effective, empowered solution for you and your children with the help of a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner at our family mediation practice.

Our clients say it best

Walking in to the office with cloudy thoughts walked out with clear direction. Amazing team, quick results, very transparent thank you so much Dianne


I really appreciate Alina’s guidance, professionalism and diplomacy. It’s not an easy process, but Alina has a way of cutting through and simplifying things.


Alina was fantastic and could not have been better. She takes the time to listen and shows genuine professionalism. A+


Bayside Mediations difference …

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Unlike other Private Family Law Mediators who add a room charge to a client’s cost, or never offer face to face mediation. Bayside Mediation has our own comfortable, spacious and private office spaces.

As a proud member of our local community, we love to support our downstairs café. Can we buy you a coffee?

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From separation to settlement, our experienced, results-driven team helps families separate smarter.

Over 90% of our clients reach a mediated outcome for both child access and/or financial settlements.


Bayside Mediations offices are conveniently located on Highett Road Highett with amble extended parking walking distance to our front door and public transport options. During the current global pandemic, we are also offering video conferencing.

Why Use Family Mediation ?

Dianne talks about the importance of understanding your options under Australian Family Law.

Why Family dispute resolution should be your first port of call, once you have decided to separate.

As a dedicated Family Law Mediation practice, Bayside Mediation offers clients a different perspective on separation and divorce.

We are a real alternative to using solicitors when separating

We design a process that best suits our clients & their children’s needs.

What next? Contact us  and as soon as one of our specialist FDR Practitioners is available, they will call you back to discuss all your options.

We Specialise in Family Law Matters

Each team member is a qualified Family Dispute Resolutions Practitioner.

Registered with the Attorney General’s Department of Australia.

In addition to their training and experience in mediation, they often have other qualifications in family law, corporate law, psychology and conflict management.

Child Access Arrangements

We help parents discuss all aspects of the care and wellbeing of children: schooling, bedtimes, pickups and drop offs, Christmas, birthdays, and guidelines to to establish consistency in parenting even when the parents are separated.

Child Inclusive Practice

We are a child focused resolution practice, following ‘World’s Best Practice’ for Child Inclusive Practice/Mediation, as we support children and help parents make better decisions.

High Conflict + Intervention Orders

Our practitioners have specialist training and experience in managing high conflict situations, or if there is an IVO in place. Our private family mediation practice is designed to provide Shuttle Mediation to help keep everyone safe.

Financial + Property Settlements

A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner from Bayside Mediation is trained to help you negotiate a settlement quickly, fairly and at a fraction of the cost of using solicitors.

Solicitor Assisted Mediations

For matters where a solicitor’s advice is needed, we facilitate your solicitor to attend your mediation with you.

60(I) Certificates

Should mediation fail, and your only recourse is to take your dispute to court, as registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, we can issue a 60(I) Certificate allowing your matter to go to court.

Parenting Plans

A working document that acts as a blue print for separated couples. An agreement on how to co-parent. Our practitioners know the difficulties experienced by parents when trying to negotiate this document. We offer support, ideas and solutions for difficult problems.


How does shared custody work? In Australian law we use terms such as ‘access’ and ‘quality time spent with’ rather than ‘custody’. But no matter which term you use, we can help negotiate where children will live after you have separated.

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) is registered by the Attorney General’s Department, and has training in Family Law and helping couples separate in a non-adversarial method. An FDRP is the only professional allowed to issue a 60(I) certificate.

Access for Very Young Children

As a child focused resolution practice, we have extensive experience helping parents of infants and very young children to organise access arrangements that put the child’s needs first.

Long Distance Mediations

While it is never easy when a couple chooses to separate, sometimes it is complicated by animosity, an IVO, or partners moving away. That’s why our family mediation practice offers Shuttle, Telephone and Video Mediations.

Consent Orders

As a private family mediation practice, we can help separated couples to formalise their property and financial settlements under consent orders, at a fraction of the cost of using solicitors.

More happy clients

After years of mediation and 2 unhappy children, I was in need of a child focused service. A friend referred to me Dianne and I couldn’t be more grateful.  Dianne listened to my concerns, was relatable, open and she gave me excellent direction. I highly recommend Bayside Mediation. Thank you 🙏


I’m glad we took advantage of the mediation services offered by Bayside Mediation. The overall process went very smoothly and was completely stress-free. A special thanks to Romani Benjamin, who assisted us in reaching an agreement in less than three hours for a matter that had been unresolved for the past two years.


Dianne and Alina are two incredibly caring and knowledgeable people who guided me through a difficult time with empathy and understanding. They were impartial and at all times supported both myself and my ex through very difficult sessions. They made us both do our homework so we could each make informed decisions.