Where a couple are adopting a child can they both take statutory adoption leave?
When a couple adopt a child, only one individual from that couple may take statutory adoption leave. When two people have been jointly matched for adoption, one of them must elect to be the child's adopter for the purposes of the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2788). They should therefore agree at the time of the match which member of the couple will be treated as the adopter for the purposes of taking statutory adoption leave. The other member of the couple may well be entitled to take one or two consecutive weeks' paternity leave.
A couple who adopt a child may be entitled to shared parental leave of up to 50 weeks, to be shared between them during the first year of the adoption.