The child’s mother must give binding notice to end her maternity leave for either of you to qualify for Shared Parental Leave.
You can start your leave while the mother is still on maternity leave as long as binding notice has been given.
The eligibility criteria for Shared Parental Leave are the same as Statutory Paternity Leave.
Plus, during the 66 weeks before the week the baby is due (or the week you’re matched with your adopted child) your partner must:
- have been working for at least 26 weeks (they don’t need to be in a row)
- have earned at least £390 in total in 13 of the 66 weeks (add up the highest paying weeks, they don’t need to be in a row).
You might also qualify for Statutory Shared Parental Pay.