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Our paternity leave solicitors offer expert legal advice and guidance on paternity leave, ensuring that partners are able to take the time they need to bond with their new child and support their partner, without fear of discrimination or negative consequences at work.

  • Your employer should respect your legal rights if you are entitled to paternity leave.
  • Sometimes an employer may try to avoid allowing you paternity leave, may not pay you what you are legally owed during paternity leave or may discriminate against you if you take paternity leave.
  • If this happens, you should take legal advice. Our employment law experts will assess your situation and help ensure you benefit from everything you are entitled to.

What is paternity leave?

Paternity leave is the period of time during which a mother’s partner takes time off work due to the birth or adoption of a child. This is usually a period of several weeks, and during this time, the employee may be entitled to receive statutory paternity pay.

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You are entitled to paternity leave if:

  • you are the husband or partner (including same-sex partner or registered civil partner) of the baby’s mother, the biological father or the adopter of the child;
  • you have been employed by the same employer for at least 26 weeks, by the end of the 15th week before the baby is due (in birth cases) or ending with the week in which the child’s adopter is notified that they have been matched with a child (in adoption cases);
  • you have responsibility for the child’s upbringing and want to take time off to care for the child or support the mother (if you are the child’s biological father) or you have main responsibility for the child’s upbringing and want to take time off to care for the child or support the mother (if you have adopted a child, are married to, the civil partner of or the partner of the child’s mother); and
  • you have given your employer the correct notice to take paternity leave.

Paternity leave is not as extensive as maternity leave. Usually you are entitled to one or two weeks paid Ordinary Paternity Leave (but only after the birth, not before). However, if your wife or partner goes back to work soon after having the baby, you could qualify for shared parental leave.

You should receive the statutory minimum pay during your Paternity Leave. It’s possible your employer may try not to honour your legal right to paternity leave or may not pay you what you are legally owed. They might discriminate against you by changing your terms of employment or not considering you for a pay rise or promotion if you’ve taken paternity leave.

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Why choose our paternity leave solicitors?

Here at Moore Barlow, our paternity leave solicitors are dedicated to helping working fathers navigate the complex legal landscape of paternity leave. With years of experience and a deep understanding of employment law, we can provide expert advice and representation to ensure that your rights as a new father are protected. We understand the importance of spending time with your family during this special time, and we are committed to helping you achieve a fair and flexible work-life balance. Choose us for compassionate and effective legal support during this important time in your life.

How can our paternity leave solicitors help?

We have a team of experienced paternity leave solicitors who can provide you with expert legal advice and support to help you understand your rights as a new father. We can help you navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding paternity leave and ensure that you receive the time off you are entitled to. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service and support, so you can focus on spending time with your new family.


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