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Supporting you from separation to settlement

We know separations are difficult processes that can impact your family legally, financially and emotionally.

Bayside Mediation’s empathetic and experienced FDR Mediators can guide you through to a fair and amicable resolution.

Separation Mediation Services

Mediation & Family Dispute Resolution for Separation & Divorce

Helping you navigate the legal complexities of separation

In Australia, it is now mandatory to attempt mediation before you can take a dispute before the courts. There are also specific laws requiring a couple to be separated for a period before they can divorce. 

With Bayside Mediation you are satisfying the FCFCOA requirement to mediate. All of Bayside Mediation’s FDR Mediators are registered with the Attorney-General’s Department.

You’ll be supported from separation to settlement, our experienced, knowledgeable and understanding FDR Mediators, work with you from that first phone call, until your separation is finalised.

Should a mutual agreement not be reached we are authorised to issue 60I mediation certificates and we can help you draft parenting and financial agreements that can be written into Consent Orders.

Our practitioners are qualified, recognised, industry experts

Empowering you to reach a fair and equitable financial settlement

During a separation, there are large financial decisions and small day-to-day practicalities to consider. 

How will you divide your assets? 
What will happen to the house, car and furniture?
Who is going to pay outstanding bills, mortgage/rent or debts?

Bayside Mediation offers a structured and collaborative approach to help you resolve these questions. 

We create an environment where you can communicate safely and openly and come to a mutually acceptable agreement.

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

separation & divorce for families

Reaching separation agreements for families of all shapes and sizes

Bayside Mediation provides specialised support and resources to help you navigate separation with mutual respect and open communication. 


Co-parenting Agreements: Our goal is to help you develop a comprehensive parenting plan that prioritises your child’s well-being.
Asset Division: We guide you through the complexities of dividing assets, including property, investments and other shared belongings.
Spousal Support: Our mediators consider the well-being of both parties involved and help you come to an agreement that is fair and realistic for both parties.
Child Inclusive Process: our qualified psychologists and counsellors ensure children have a safe, neutral space to be heard. We work to establish agreements that prioritise the best interests of the child.

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

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Separate smarter

Your relationship separation questions answered

Common questions

It’s important to recognise that most separations aren’t that black and white.

Our family mediation fees start from $500 however, the best way to get a better estimate for your unique situation is to book a free consultation with one of our expert separation & divorce dispute resolution practitioners.

Click here to request a consult.

Creating a budget is a crucial step in the financial settlement process. Start by outlining your income, expenses, and financial goals. Our detailed guide provides step-by-step assistance. Click here to read more.

The idea of a 50/50 split is common, but it’s essential to understand that it might not be the default. All settlements are tailored to your unique circumstances.

Mediation is designed to address various complexities, even situations involving difficult ex-partners. The process is flexible and can adapt to challenging dynamics. To understand how mediation can support your unique situation, click here to read more.

In-home Separation, sometimes known as “separation under the same roof”, addresses the practical challenges faced by couples during a separation.

Financial constraints can make moving out unfeasible, leading to this increasingly common arrangement. 

Yes, it’s true!

In Australia, Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a mandatory step before heading to court for parenting matters.

But don’t worry, it’s an opportunity for open dialogue and resolution.