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Supporting children and families through parental mediation

At Bayside Mediation, we help you craft parenting arrangements with sensitivity, empathy, and a focus on the long-term well-being of the entire family.

About Bayside Mediation

Trusted by 100's of families Australia wide

Child access, parenting plans & arrangements mediation services

Putting your kids first

We recognise the profound impact family transitions can have on children. Maintaining positive co-parenting relationships is critical for your child’s sense of security and emotional well-being. 

Bayside Mediation’s mediators ensure your child’s needs are put front and centre during the mediation process

Child Inclusive Practice (CIP)

Bayside Mediation’s qualified Child Consultants use play and discussion to understand how your child is coping with the separation. Child Inclusive Practice ensures children’s views are expressed and considered during the mediation.

benefits of child focused Mediators

Why use mediation?

Separating couples in Australia must attempt mediation before taking their child custody matter to court. It is a requirement of the Australia Family Law Act.

Very happy that we came across Bayside Mediation. Alina was prompt and very professional in her approach and work. Would happily recommend to anyone going through separation.
Belinda Simmons
Belinda Simmons
3 January 2023
Dianne was a wonderful mediator and took time to listen and understand as well as suggesting several helpful modifications to allow us to come to a mutual agreement. I highly recommend her services. Thank you Dianne!
amanda meyer
amanda meyer
11 October 2022
Professional, experienced & understanding. They were empathetic, non judgemental & actively listened to all sides. Exceptional service.
patricia wright
patricia wright
8 September 2022
thank you....i thought Romani facilaited our discussions very well and supported us through the process with a balanced level of care.
Michael Todd
Michael Todd
29 August 2022
Sophie was brilliant. Her initial communication regarding the process was excellent. She was unbiased in her approach and attempted to ensure that both of us came to an acceptable agreement. We willingness to go above and beyond was evident in her email communication throughout the entire process and was so reassuring throughout. Thank you Sophie.
Ashleigh Hoogendoorn
Ashleigh Hoogendoorn
19 July 2022
It was great to have had help from Bayside mediation, Sophie helped us trough a very difficult time and was very helpful throughout the process, we are very grateful with her and would definitely recommend.
Mr Sparkle Window Cleaning
Mr Sparkle Window Cleaning
18 July 2022
Difficult process of property mediation was handled professionally and promptly by Alina. She is knowledgable, resourceful and hard working. She is also a skilled communicator, supportive and non-judgemental. I am exceptionally pleased with her assistance and would highly recommend her.
Marina V.
Marina V.
1 July 2022
I found Bayside Mediation a great benefit for those entering unknown territory. A split from a partner is never an easy process, the good people at BM made it simple for us. They explained everything very clearly and explained where each person stood. Thank you Bayside Mediation. Moving on happily and without regret.
Wayne Gale
Wayne Gale
21 June 2022
I engaged Dianne at Mediation Matters to assist with coming to an agreement on a single parenting decision. Dianne was prompt to engage the process, clear and upfront with how the mediation would work and what I needed to consider coming into it. Unfortunately my daughters father chose not to attend mediation, however, Dianne provided ongoing support and referrals to assist me even though the mediation was unsuccessful. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. If you genuinely wish to resolve your issues, I believe Dianne has the right approach to help achieve this.
Danae Conway
Danae Conway
20 June 2022

Helping australian families through Child Custody And Parental Mediation

Parenting Plans tailored to your family’s needs

When choosing a mediator, it’s reassuring to know you’re in expert hands

Our Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRP) are qualified, recognised industry experts who specialise in helping separating couples negotiate and formalise their parenting arrangements.
Our team is experienced in working with parents in high-conflict situations. We provide a safe, managed, balanced and discreet space for you to discuss your differences and negotiate your agreements.
If mediation is unsuccessful, an FDRP is the only professional who can issue the 60(I) certificate, which is required to take a children’s matter to court. At Bayside Mediation, we can provide certificates.

Our practitioners are qualified, recognised, industry experts

FAQS For child & Parenting arrangements

Your questions answered

Family mediation fees start from $500 however, it’s important to recognise that most separations aren’t that black and white.

For a more accurate estimate, book a free consultation with a qualified expert family dispute resolution practitioner here.

This scenario has become more common, driven by the high cost of living.

The process involves establishing clear boundaries and communication strategies to ensure the well-being of the children.

For a detailed explanation of in-home separation concerning children, click here.

These are our key tips to make the transition easier for your children.

  • Open Communication
  • Consistency and Routine
  • Emotional Support
  • Child-Centric Decision-Making
  • Professional Guidance


For a more detailed guide, click here.

Signs of distress may include changes in behaviour, mood swings, withdrawal, or a decline in academic performance.

Remember, each child responds differently, and it’s essential to tailor your approach based on their unique needs. If you need additional guidance, family mediation services can assist in navigating these challenges.

For more information on supporting your children through separation, click here.