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Shared Parental Leave and Pay - What do I do if I have a change of circumstances?

If you and your partner are expecting a child, you can choose to share some of your parental leave and pay.

What do I do if I have a change of circumstances?

You may be able to cancel your decision to end your shared maternity or adoption leave early in exceptional circumstances if both the following apply:

  • The planned end date hasn’t passed

  • You haven’t already returned to work

and one of the following must also apply:

  • Within eight weeks of you (mother/ birthing parent/ person entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay) submitting notice to end maternity/adoption leave, you find out that neither you or your partner qualifies for Shared Parental Leave or Statutory Shared Parental Pay

  • You (mother/ birthing parent/ person entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay) gave notice to end leave before the birth and not less than six weeks after the birth

  • Your partner dies (if you are the mother / birthing parent / person entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay of child).

Reviewed June 2022

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