Having a child is one of the best experiences in the world. It comes with a lot of responsibilities, but it is something we all strive towards.
However, parenting can be very complicated - especially if you are having a child with a person you are not married to.
In US alone, 40 percent of all births in 2016 occurred to unmarried women. In Utah, the percentage is slightly slower, around 19 percent. However, that is still around 10,000 babies born to unwed parent who will face some serious legal difficulties.
If you are a father who wants to be there for his newborn child, you still have options. Here are the most important things you need to know about paternity leave under Utah laws.
FMLA paid leave
Every employee in the state of Utah is eligible for 12 weeks of leave each calendar year. The reasons could be any of the following:
- Birth of a child
- Serious health condition
- Care of one’s family member, spouse or a child
If you haven’t used your 12 weeks of leave time, you are allowed to do it in case your child is born. FMLA protects you from losing your job. If you want to know more about Paternity laws in Thousand Oaks, speak with one of our lawyers here at the offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi. Our records speak more than words, so feel free to give us a call and find out why we are the best.
In addition to paid leave, there is also unpaid leave, which may go up to 12 months. Any Utah state employee who fulfills the criteria may take an approved unpaid leave for no longer than 12 months. In order to find out if you are eligible, apply in writing to the managing agency for approval.
In case you are temporarily disabled, a medical leave may be granted.
In any other scenario, leave without pay will be given to those employees who are expected to come back to work. Paternity can be one of the reasons why you may seek unpaid leave; if so, you should receive it without any issues. However, in some cases, you may experience difficulties. If that is the case, act quickly and give us a call. We will do everything in our power to help you protect your legal rights.
Also, if you are going through a divorce process in Thousand Oaks, you have every right to be there for your child. The state cannot forbid you nor prevent you from taking a paternal leave. However, it may not be a paid leave if you already used your 12 months of paid leave this year.
There are many things you need to know about paternal leave. We encourage you to give us a call, schedule a free initial consultation, and learn how you can get a paternal leave once your child is born. Our legal professionals will provide you with all the information you seek. Call today and we will help you secure your paternal leave.