Where Family Law Meets Common Sense

Separation | Children | Property | Finances | Divorce

Separate smarter
Minimise trauma
Save time
and money

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

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

Child Custody and Parenting
Child Custody and

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
Financial and Property

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
Family Law

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. Learn more

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.

Our Team

Dianne is the founder & principal mediator at Bayside Mediation. Founded the business in 2013, she has more than 20 years’ experience. Dianne works with families to minimise the distress and confusion that comes with the breakdown of a family.
Dianne Loveday FDRP
B.A. (Psych & Soc), (Monash)
Grad Dip., Psychotherapy & Counselling
Grad Dip., Family Dispute Resolution
Nationally Accredited Mediator
Member: AFCC, VDRA, AMA, Resolution Institute
Alina practiced Family Law for several years after completing a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in 2002. She volunteered at the Family Law Assistance Program run by Monash Oakleigh Legal Service.
Alina Kleiman FDRP
BCom/LLB (Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws), (Monash). Grad Dip.,
Family Dispute Resolutions Practitioner Nationally Accredited and Registered Mediator Leadr Qualified Mediator
Sophie is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years experience working with families and children. She is also a trained Child Inclusive Practitioner and Parental Coordinator, along with being a qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Working with families with children is Sofie’s strength and passion.
Sophie Russell FDRP
Grad Dip., Family Dispute Resolution
Registered Psychologist MAPS, AHPRA
Nationally accredited Mediator
Child Inclusive Practice Mediation
Parenting Coordination

4 Easy Steps to Mediate

Free 30 Mins Consultation

Call and speak to us for your free 30 - minute consult.

Intake Sessions

The intake session is an opportunity for the mediator to hear your story and may take up to 2 hours to complete.

Mediation Sessions

If your matter is suitable for mediation, a date and time will be arranged at our Bayside location in Melbourne.


Agreements reached in Family Dispute Resolution must comply with the Family Law Act.

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 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.

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.

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.

Access for Very Young Children

As a child-focused 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 into consent orders, at a fraction of the cost of using solicitors.

An empathetic approach towards resolving your dispute

Bayside Mediations difference …

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.

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.

Our offices are conveniently located on Highett Road Highett with amble extended parking walking distance to our front door and public transport options. We are also offering video conferencing.

Customer reviews

Read testimonials from our happy customers

Wayne Gale

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.

marina. V

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.

Ashleigh Hoogendoorn

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.

Kerin McMahon

Dianne has been incredibly patient, helpful and supportive of my children and I throughout this process. It has been a tough road and I would not have such a positive outcome without her knowledge and guidance. Highly recommend.

Bayside Mediation | Child Focused,
Child Inclusive Mediation 03 9553 6491 | 539 Highett Rd, Highett VIC 3190

Bayside Mediation service clients throughout Bayside Melbourne, including but not limited to Melbourne CBD, St Kilda, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Mt Eliza, Mornington, San Remo, and the Mornington Peninsula

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