Me and my girlfriend began the adoption process in January and I’m still trying to wrap my head around shared parental leave.
Both mine and my girlfriend’s work offer shared leave, so that’s a good start.
She’ll take adoption leave as her job offers a much better pay rate for 18wks, so I’ll take paternity.
We both plan to take at least 6months off together (She is a teacher so depending on when children are placed, we could have her school holidays factored in).
My question is, after my paternity leave ends, do I need to wait until her 18wks of adoption leave ends before I can technically begin the shared leave? Then I guess I must fill the gap with annual leave and starving myself by spending nothing?
Or can I begin sharing leave as soon as paternity is up?
My job are unsure and their policy is basic so they asked me to research it and get advice. I’ve tried asking our SW over the last 2months but she wasn’t helpful and is now off, so we should be getting a new SW soon.
Ive done plenty of reading on the policies and government guidance which I mostly understand, I guess it’s just a case of how to translate what that says into practice?