Is there a specific time period when additional paternity leave can be taken?

NOTE: The right to additional paternity leave and pay is available only to parents of children who were due on or before 4 April 2015, or adoptive parents of children placed for adoption (or in the case of overseas adoptions whose child enters Great Britain) on or before 4 April 2015. Additional paternity leave is replaced by shared parental leave.

In a birth situation, an employee who qualifies for additional paternity leave can take between two and 26 weeks' additional leave in the period that begins 20 weeks after the child is born and ends one year after the birth. The child's mother's period of maternity leave must have come to an end.

In an adoption situation, an employee who qualifies for additional paternity leave can take between two and 26 weeks' leave in the period that begins 20 weeks after the child's placement for adoption and ends one year after the placement. Additional paternity leave in relation to adoption from overseas must be taken in the period that begins 20 weeks after the child enters Great Britain and ends one year after that date. The employee's partner's statutory adoption leave must have come to an end.

If the child's mother, or the other adoptive parent, dies in the first year of the child's life, the additional paternity leave can begin at any time after the death and last until the child's first birthday.

Additional paternity leave must be taken as one continuous period, in multiples of complete weeks.

The employee must give the employer at least eight weeks' notice of his or her start and finish dates for the additional paternity leave.