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Fatherhood factsheets

Helping you navigate through fatherhood in the UK

We've summarised what you need to know about your legal and employment rights as a father, set out some ideas about important things to focus on, and suggested some useful sources of advice and support.

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Please note:

  1. The information provided in these factsheets, and elsewhere on our website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. We do our best to keep these factsheets up to date with the latest information but do please double-check with other sources before making any decisions based on the information we have provided. We provide links to other third-party websites and resources, for your convenience; we do not recommend or endorse their contents.

  2. The Fatherhood Institute does not operate a helpline and cannot provide individualised advice to fathers or other family members. We have listed some resources you may find helpful - please note that while we update the list as often as possible, it is not exhaustive, and we cannot take responsibility for the quality of the information and advice provided.

  3. If you are having problems relating to contact with your child/ren, we provide links to relevant support organisations within the Co-parenting across households factsheet. 


Paternity and parental leave

Learn more about our 6 weeks for dads campaign

Parental responsibility and birth registration
Checking Text on a Document

Single father through surrogacy? Here's a picture book to share with your child, funded by the Cambridge University Public Engagement Starter Fund

Sharing the earning and caregiving
Father and Daughter

Expectant or new father? Read our Becoming Dad guide

Flexible working
Looking after your health
Supporting your child's education
Dad Lessons
Co-parenting across households
Father Playing with Daughters

Separating or separated from your partner? Check out the Government-funded Separating Better app

Men and baby loss

Future factsheets we're working on and will be available on this page:

  • Keeping your baby safe 

  • Being a stepfather

We welcome your feedback and ideas for other factsheets you or other fathers might find useful. Please contact us by email.

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