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This flowchart outlines the various steps to be followed to grant and manage paternity leave and pay when the leave is because of the adoption of a child.

If the employee notifies during this process that they want to switch to shared parental leave, and they are eligible to do so, we recommend that you use the Shared parental leave flowchart to follow the rest of the procedure.

Go to our Paternity leave and pay topic pages for employment law information and our 'How to' guide to take you through the procedure in detail.