My partner is pregnant
You may be feeling overwhelmed or isolated in this situation as most of the support provided will be for your pregnant partner. You may feel unable to cope or feel that you are too young and need extra support too.
Talk things throughIt is a good idea to try and talk through your feelings about the pregnancy with your partner, whether you are together or not. By law it is a woman’s decision whether or not to have an abortion but if you are struggling to agree or talk about the pregnancy, we can help you work through your feelings as a couple or by yourself. If you feel that you would like someone else to talk to, call our Telephone Helpline on 0300 4000 999 or click here to speak to an Online Advisor.
If you are not togetherIf your partner chooses to keep the baby but you aren’t planning on staying together then you can still have parental responsibility for the child if you are listed on the birth certificate. You can also apply for parental responsibility after the baby is born, either with or without the mother’s consent. For more information visit www.gov.uk/parental-rights-responsibilities
If the child only lives with one parent, you as the other parent, will be asked to pay child maintenance to help support the child financially.
A family based, private arrangement is the best way to sort out child maintenance. If you can’t agree to the terms of a private arrangement, the Child Maintenance Service has to be involved. For more information on child maintenance visit www.gov.uk/child-maintenance
What about adoptionIf your partner wants to consider adoption then as a father you have to agree to the adoption too, but only if you have parental responsibility. The agency arranging the adoption must let you know what your rights, as the child’s father are. For more information about a father’s rights in the adoption process visit www.gov.uk/child-adoption/birth-parents-your-rights
Talk to usTalking confidentially with someone who isn’t involved emotionally with your situation can help you look at all the information and your deeper feelings. If you would like to talk to one of our advisors you can call our Telephone Helpline on 0300 4000 999 or click here to speak to an Online Advisor.
We are not able to refer directly for termination. We offer clients information on all the options and are well resourced
to provide both immediate and long term support as necessary, directing to other agencies as appropriate.
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