I’m self-employed and it's going to be difficult for me to have a long period away from work. Will my partner be able to take Shared Parental Leave to help out?

If you're self-employed, you'll probably qualify for 39 weeks' Maternity Allowance. You can choose not to claim all of this and convert some of it into Shared Parental Leave instead, which your partner could then use to take some time off work.

For your partner to be able to take shared parental leave, you will need to have been working (employed or self-employed) in Great Britain for at least 26 weeks of the 66 weeks up to the due date or adoption placement date, earning not less than £30 a week on average in 13 of those 66 weeks.

In addition, your partner must be an employee with 26 weeks' continuous service by the end of the 15th week before the baby is due.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.