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Child Custody and Parental Mediation Melbourne

Separating couples in Australia must attempt mediation before they can take their child custody matter to court. It is a requirement of the Australia Family Law Act. Our Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners specialise in family law mediation, and helping separating couples negotiate and formalise their parenting arrangements. We pride ourselves on being a child focused resolution centre, which means during mediation we negotiate an agreement that focuses on the best interests of the children.

Every family is different, and therefore every child access agreement is different. Each child access or child custody mediation agreement needs to recognise the needs and requirements of everyone involved.

When you have family law mediation at Bayside Mediation Melbourne, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner will work with you to produce a Parenting Plan Mediation. This document can be as comprehensive or as informal as required, and is designed to be both progressive and fluid as circumstances change, enabling separated couples to establish a positive co-parenting arrangement.

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More than 80% of our clients have a Parenting Plan at the end of their mediation session.

At Bayside Mediation, we have our own purpose-built mediation rooms and our practitioners are experienced in working with parents in high conflict. We provide a safe, managed, balanced and discreet space for you to discuss your differences and negotiate your agreements.

We are a Child Focused Resolution Centre and offer Child Inclusive Mediation Melbourne for those children who are old enough. Whilst we are impartial and do not take sides in any dispute between parents, we do advocate for the best interests of your children.

Child Inclusive Mediation is considered to be ‘World’s Best Practice’ when formulating a parenting arrangement. At Bayside Mediation Melbourne, we offer mediation for child custody with a specially trained child mediator of your choice. Your child’s wellbeing is our primary concern. In fact, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) like our team members at Bayside Mediation, are the only people this side of the Family Court system that are mandated to advocate for children’s best interests in a family law dispute.

Should Child Inclusive Mediation prove not to be suitable or fail, it is important to note that an FDRP is the only professional who can issue the 60(I) certificate. It is this certificate that is required for you to be able to take a children’s matter to court if your parenting negotiation fails.

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Bayside Mediation Helps with Child Access Arrangements in Melbourne

If your family is experiencing a separation or other similar issues, you may be looking into child access arrangements in Melbourne. Under Australian family law, children have a right to have relationships with the people they care about and must be protected from harm. It’s also true that a lawyer should be your last resort in these situations and it’s better for everyone involved if you can settle your matter out of court. At Bayside Mediation, we offer a private child focussed FDR service, your legal alternative to lawyers when you need help reaching mediation agreement for child custody that complies with the Family Law Act and is fair to everyone involved. 

What You Should Know about Child Access Arrangements

Today, custody is considered a thing of the past and children have a right to enjoy a safe and meaningful relationship with both their parents. Here are some things to know about child access arrangements also known as parenting plans.

  • Parental responsibility: When parents of children under 18 separate, they both retain parental responsibility. This shared responsibility applies to major decisions such as where the children will live, their education, religion, and healthcare.
  • Parenting time: There are no longer any hard-and-fast rules about where a child will spend their time. At Bayside Mediation, we offer Child Inclusive Mediation in Melbourne, a form of mediation that gives the child a voice and helps parents understand the needs of their child therefore helping parents enter into agreements that are in the best interests of their children.
  • Best interests of the children: All family decisions should be made with the children’s well-being in mind. Separation is difficult for kids, and it’s important to focus on what’s best for them, now and in the future.

What Sets Bayside Mediation Apart Regarding Child Access Arrangements

Bayside Mediation helps families who are separating or experiencing other disputes reach satisfactory solutions through parental mediation. A few of the things that set us apart include:

  • We are child-focused: We take into account the child’s needs and make sure that the parents understand what is cognitively and developmentally appropriate for their children and ensure that all decisions made are in their best interests.
  • Quick appointments: We are typically able to see clients within days of their first contact – not weeks or months. We understand that fast resolution is essential to helping everyone involved move forward in a healthy manner.
  • Avoid lawyers: Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) provides an alternative to lawyers and should be your first contact when you find yourself considering a separation. We are professional FDR practitioners and can help families resolve a wide range of issues.
  • High success rates: Altogether, our clients enjoy an 80% success rate (with the success rate of property settlements at 98%). That means that the chances are excellent of your family leaving with a solution that’s good for everyone.

We’ll work with you and your family from separation to settlement, helping you navigate the intricacies of your unique situation and facilitate an agreement that considers your children’s well-being first and foremost.

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About Bayside Mediation

Bayside Mediation is a private FDR practice that provides couples who are separating with a faster, more affordable and, above all kinder alternative to litigation. We are passionate about helping our clients achieve positive results, and we’ll provide the support you need to make the best decisions for your family. Contact us today to get started.