About Page Provan
family and fertility lawyers
Being a parent is the most important job any of us might do. Becoming a parent is for many of us the most important life journey any of us will take.
Some people can’t have kids naturally and need all the help they can get – including through lawyers – to help them achieve the dream of parenthood.
Page Provan are privileged and honoured to help parents do the best they can by their children- whether it’s in their quest to become parents, or in separation issues such as dealing with their former partner as to where their children live and when children spend time with each of their parents.
We focus on helping our clients to get in and out of the process of relationship breakdown and divorce, as quickly and fairly as possible. Relationship breakdowns have all kinds of impacts- on finances and safety, but above all, the ability to care for and raise children. Kids get impacted the most when their parents argue. The longer parents are in a fight with each other – whether about money or about their children – the worse the outcome is for their children. We recognise this and seek solutions to help you end that conflict sooner, for the benefit of your children.
Child Focused Family Law
We focus on helping our clients to get in and out of the process of relationship breakdown and divorce, as quickly and fairly as possible
Stephen is a director of Page Provan family and fertility lawyers in Brisbane. He is highly regarded as the leading surrogacy lawyer in Australia and one of Brisbane’s most respected LGBTIQ friendly lawyers. Stephen has written and presented at conferences around the world.
Stephen’s first surrogacy case was in 1988. Since then he has appeared in courts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia on surrogacy matters- the only lawyer to have done so.
Stephen has been a Queensland Law Society accredited family law specialist since 1996. He has practiced in all areas of family law and has three sub-specialties :
- fertility law, including surrogacy
- domestic violence
- acting for LGBTIQ people
Stephen is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He is an international representative on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the American Bar Association.
Stephen graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1985 from the then Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT). In 1987 Stephen was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. In 1989 Stephen was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia. In 2013 Stephen was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
For further information on Stephen, including his memberships, published articles and career highlights, see the attached.
Bruce is the managing director at Page Provan. Prior to that he was a partner at Harrington Family Lawyers from July 2007.
Bruce specialises in all areas of Family Law, including:
- De facto relationship law
- Divorce law
Bruce obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Queensland and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1991.
Becoming a Queensland Law Society accredited family law specialist in 1999, Bruce has practiced exclusively in family law since 2002.
Bruce qualified as a Nationally Accredited Mediator in November 2016 after completing the Bond University Basic Mediation Course and Mediation Assessment Course. He is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer and is a member of the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners.
Bruce has a particular interest in property matters. He has had a variety of professional experience including working in chartered accounting firms in tax and insolvency. He has written articles for the Queensland Law Society magazine Proctor and the financial planners’ magazine IFA.
Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology in 2003, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology in 2004. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia in 2004. Karen volunteered with Caxton Legal Service from 2005 to 2010.
Karen has undertaken family law work since 2004, including adoption, divorce, property settlement, spousal maintenance, parenting disputes, Hague Convention and domestic violence. Her first surrogacy matter was in 2006. Karen specialises in family law, domestic violence and wills practice. Her practice includes a focus on domestic and international surrogacy matters, egg, sperm and embryo donor agreements and fertility and reproductive law. Karen sits on the City Fertility Centre national surrogacy and donor committee.
Karen is a member of:
• Queensland Law Society
• Family Law Practitioners Association of Qld Ltd
After graduating from the University of Queensland, Dharma was admitted as a solicitor in August 2016. Dharma has worked under the directors of Page Provan since January 2017 and is working towards becoming an Accredited Family Law Specialist and a collaboratively trained lawyer.
He aspires to be a lawyer that can provide clear and succinct advice to clients and ensures clients know what the next steps are in resolving their family law matters.
Passionate about utilising alternative dispute resolution mediums, such as mediation and collaboration to resolve matters – given the financial benefits to clients – he does not shy away from being a strong advocate when necessary.
Dharma has practised solely in and developed a keen interest in, Family Law, particularly parenting matters. He also assists our partner Stephen Page in coordinating meetings for the LGBT Family Law Institute of Australia.
Dharma is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.