I have separated

We don’t know what we want

If you and your spouse or partner have agreed to a separation but don’t know what happens next, it may be helpful to talk to a family lawyer to clarify your thoughts and sort out what you want to do.

At Bayside Collaborative, we recognise that no two separating couple’s circumstances are the same.

At your first free consultation with one of our family lawyers we’ll talk about what is most important to you and discuss the best way for you to move forward.

If you want to negotiate directly with your partner we’ll provide you with the tools and family law advice to enable you to do that in a safe and supported environment.

If you need more assistance we offer:

Collaborative practice

Collaborative practice is a way to resolve disputes by negotiation – without going to court.

The discussion and negotiation in collaborative practice takes place through a series of meetings involving you and your spouse or partner and your collaboratively-trained family lawyers.

Other professionals including psychologists, child specialists and financial experts can be brought into the process as required. These specialists work with you and your lawyers in a team approach to identify, explore and resolve issues around separation.


Mediation is a means of resolving a dispute where a neutral person, the mediator, helps the separating parties negotiate a solution during a face-to-face meeting. Your family lawyers may or may not be present during the meeting – that’s up to you.

Lawyer-assisted negotiation

We can also negotiate with other family lawyers in other ways including by correspondence or face to face meetings.

come and see us for a free first consultation to discuss your needs.

03 9596 8506

We have reached agreement

If you and your partner have already discussed arrangements for your children (if applicable), what your property settlement might be and issues around financial and child support, we can help you finalise these into a legally binding family law agreement.

But before we do that, we’ll sit down with you and talk with you about whether the proposed family law settlement absolutely meets your requirements.

If together we identify some changes that need to be made, we’ll encourage you to raise these with your spouse or partner in a way that doesn’t create conflict.

We can do this either by helping you find the right language to have a direct discussion, by collaborative practice or whatever means will work for you.  If you prefer, we can contact your spouse or partner directly.