Previously published in ExaminerOther issues that surface regarding unmarried couples.
Is paternity leave granted to men who have live-in girlfriends or couples who live in separate homes? Because women are visibly pregnant there is no doubt in the employers’ minds about the pregnancy. However, there is no way of telling just by looking at a man if he is indeed about to become a father. Many men still remain reluctant to take paternity leave even when it is offered to them. Some men feel that taking time off would jeopardize their positions in the company they work for while others feel they will be considered effeminate. Most of these men feel that the culture we live in just does not empathize with men who ask for paternity leave so that they can spend the time they need for the good of their family; away from the work environment.
Legal issues for establishing a biological connection with unwed fathers and their children
Unmarried men must establish paternity of the child if they are to claim paternity leave, certain government and medical benefits, settle inheritance issues, and more. This procedure is specific and bothersome to a certain extent. Unwed fathers must sign a sworn declaration including their signature and the signature of the mother.
This examiner is not sure if both parents names are listed on the birth certificate if that will suffice as a legal document, but there are still many cases where the birth certificate does not bare the name of the father; especially when the couple do not live together. Paternity must be established through the court. Unwed fathers must be willing to undergo DNA testing. A legal paternity test can be obtained through a DNA test center. After all of this, if the couple is not in a position to legally marry, the question remains how many men will go through the entire procedure just to claim unpaid paternity leave?
Paternity leave is fairly new and anything new is often resisted. In general the world does not like change. It is comfortable remaining in a comfortable mood rather than break barriers. The women’s movement has been fighting their causes for centuries. Generally speaking, men are fairly new to this role. However, accepting paternity leave as part of the norm can actually help the women’s cause as less and less Montreal employers will be reluctant to hire young women of childbearing years, singling them out because they will take time off to have a baby. Though it still may not help already pregnant Montreal women looking for work.
Montreal men’s rights groups
Men`s Legal Defense Fund
4652 Sherbrooke West #3 Montreal H3Z 1G3
Tel: (514) 846-5733
Groupe d’entraide aux pères et soutien à l’enfant (GEPSE) inc.
4272 Papineau, bureau 101
Montréal, Québec H2H 1S9
Tél. 514 527-3166 Email Fax. 514 527-2667
Father’s right group since 1983.m