Unmarried fathers paternity leave
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Hi all , my partner is i the army and we are expecting a baby in april, we are not married i wonder will he be entitled to paternity leave ?. Also we have no plans to get married as we are happy as we are for the moment but we are planning on starting up home together when he gets back from tour. Im guessing we wouldnt qualify for army housing bit if anyone knows different would be grateful for advice. Sorry to seem slightly niave but i really dont know much about the army side of things and hes not great at asking people at work lol. Many thanks in advance :-)
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the housing is a definate no though. unless it's exceptional circumstances i guess.
Until you marry, which you do not intend to do, he is entitled to none of the benefits that being married brings with regards to a member of the military.
If the Army extended married peoples allowances to girlfriends anarchy would ensue , individuals would be applying for MQs after they had struck it lucky in the local nightclub.
Thankyou for your reply and in some circumstances you have a valid point, bit i can assure you he did not "strike lucky in the local nightclub" lol. I am his partner of nearly 3 years, we are expecting a baby. We just dont happen to be married at the moment.
2. There is not a hope in hell of you getting army family housing unless you either get married or he becomes the prime carer (custody) for your child. Even with the latter, you wouldnt be officially be able to live there.
You refer to "setting up home". Where are you living at the moment? There is an allowance called GYH, which is paid to service personnel who maintain a private residence away from their base, even if it is rented. However, their name must be on the deeds/rental agreement and their name must be on a Council Tax bill for each year they claim. JSP 752 refers.
No, unless your married you wont be housed by the army or be entitled to any of the family benefits,( and rightly so in my opinion).
The GYH allowance is not relevant if you are planning on renting somewhere close to the base to be honest. I would also watch this space in relation to Military Allowances in general. There are some pretty severe cuts on the way across the board.
Nope, didn't mean to imply that in any way, merely stating a fact that extending MQ rights to girlfriends would result in a mass influx of young soldiers to the families office every Monday morning