Can single mothers take Shared Parental Leave?

If a mother isn’t sharing responsibility for raising her child with a partner or the father of the baby, she won’t qualify for Shared Parental Leave. She must take maternity leave.

The position may change in the near future. The government has said it intends to consult on extending shared parental leave to include working grandparents by 2018.

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