harrington family lawyers
Wednesday, 20th of September, 2017

Surrogacy and fertility law

Our passion: helping you on the journey to parenthood

We have the honour and privilege of helping our clients achieve their dream of becoming parents.

How we can help

To become a parent, you may need an egg donor, a sperm donor or a surrogate, or maybe all three. The very complex law in this area is not handled by most family lawyers. There is a lot of inaccurate information on the internet. If not done correctly, you may not have a child. You may not be recognised as a parent. You may fight it out in the Family Court. You may end up committing several criminal offences.

We work with our clients and with experts here and overseas to ensure that our clients can become parents as quickly, cheaply and hassle free as possible. This includes looking at alternative solutions to solve the problem or problems - solutions not often thought of by our clients or by others.

About us

We are the leaders in fertility law in Australia.

We have advised clients (including corporate clients) about fertility law, surrogacy, egg, sperm and embryo donation from throughout Australia, and at last count from 24 countries overseas.

We deal with national and international surrogacy and donor issues week in, week out, and have unique contacts with lawyers and health professionals here and overseas.

Our focus is to make the journey to parenthood as smooth as possible, while making our clients aware of potential pitfalls and legal risks. We will answer all your questions no matter how big or small! We give honest, objective and clear advice to enable you to make informed decisions. In the minefield that is fertility law in Australia, we take pride in getting it right first time.


Our team


Our team is led by partner Stephen Page, assisted by Karen Gough and administrative support from Laurel Prasad.

Stephen has been named by the media as one of Australia's leading surrogacy lawyers. Stephen is an international representative on the Artificial Reproductive Technologies Committee of the American Bar Association. Stephen is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, as well as a member of its ART Committee. He is the first international Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), chairs the Surrogacy Australia legal committee, a member of the Fertility Society of Australia, as well as being a member of various family law associations.

Stephen has written and blogged extensively about fertility law, including for the International Bar Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He has presented at conferences about surrogacy and fertility law in Australia, the US, UK and South Africa.

Career highlights include:

  • presenting at the world's first international surrogacy conference, in Las Vegas (2011)
  • obtaining a world first precedent in 2012 as to what constituted conception (2012)
  • being the convenor of Queenslanders for Equality, which stopped discriminatory surrogacy laws in Queensland (2012-2013)
  • appearing in courts in four States (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia) in parentage order proceedings (2014), the only lawyer to have done so
  • principal advocate and co-author, policy of the 240,000 member American Bar Association as to a proposed Hague surrogacy convention (2011-2016)

Karen Gough

Karen was admitted as a solicitor in 2004. She has practised exclusively in family law since then. She has advised clients as to surrogacy and donor matters since 2007. Karen assists with our surrogacy and fertility law cases. She has appeared in parentage order applications in the Childrens Court of Queensland.  Karen is a member of various family law associations.

 

Where have our Australian clients come from?
The places include:
Queensland
  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Mt Isa
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Bundaberg
  • Hervey Bay
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Toowoomba
  • Gold Coast

New South Wales

  • Tweed
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Newcastle
  • Sydney
  • Bathurst
  • Eden

Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra

Victoria

  • Bendigo
  • Melbourne

Tasmania

  • Launceston
  • Hobart

South Australia

  • Adelaide
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Mt Gambier

Western Australia

  • Dampier
  • Pilbara
  • Wheatfields
  • Perth

Northern Territory

  • Darwin
Where have our international clients lived?
America
  • Canada
  • USA

Europe

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Middle East

  • Dubai

Asia

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

Oceania

  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
Where have our clients considered/undertaken surrogacy outside Australia?
America
  • Canada
  • USA

Europe

  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine
  • Russia

Africa

  • Ghana
  • Nigeria

Asia

  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal

Oceania

  • Fiji
  • New Zealand

Where have our clients considered/undertaken surrogacy in Canada?

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Ontario

Where have our clients considered/undertaken surrogacy in the US?

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington State
It is a criminal offence in several Australian States to undergo some types of overseas surrogacy. It is a criminal offence in several Australian States to undergo overseas egg donation, punishable by up to 15 years jail. GET ADVICE FROM US BEFORE YOU MIGHT COMMIT A SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENCE!