No 101 The Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave (Parental Order Cases) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

These Regulations come into operation on 15/3/15 and they modify the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002, the Maternity and Adoption Leave (Curtailment of Statutory Rights to Leave) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 and the Shared Parental Leave Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015. 


The purpose of the modifications is to provide entitlement to adoption, paternity and shared parental leave to qualifying parental order parents.

A parental order parent is someone who on the day of the child’s birth intends to apply for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 with another person in respect of the child and they expect the court to make such an order; or someone who obtains such an order.

The amendments provide different triggers and qualification points to recognise that the leave relates to the birth of a child born with the help of a surrogate and not an adoption.

Last updated: 26 March 2019