Having a baby

Having a baby

When you are having a baby and are, or will be, a single parent you may have a lot of questions about where you stand with your income, benefits, employment and making arrangements with your child’s other parent.

This advice guide covers benefits and other income you may be entitled to when you’re pregnant or just had a baby, your rights to take time off and return to work and sources of other practical and financial help.

We also give information on planning for the baby’s contact time with their other parent.

This guide covers:

  • Money when you are expecting, or just had a baby
  • Time off work when you’re pregnant or just had a baby
  • Returning to work after time off with your baby
  • Other sources of financial help
  • Who can make decisions for your baby?
  • Important dates

There are references to advice guides and other organisations where you can get details on the issues raised but please call the Lone Parent Helpline free on 0808 801 0323 for further information and advice.

This advice guide is written for single parents living in Scotland. We have done our best to ensure that the Information contained in this advice guide is correct at the time of publication. Please check dates and details before use. This advice guide is not a comprehensive guide to the law, nor a substitute for legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of services offered by third parties.

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