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Pregnancy Rights

Your legal options during and after pregnancy

What this Guide covers

  • Introduction
    What this guide is about, where to go for legal advice and where to go for more help
  • Sexual health
    Sexual Consent, contraception and the Emergency Contraceptive Pill
  • Some options after a positive pregnancy test
    Seeking support, termination, adoption, foster care and whāngai
  • Healthcare
    Maternity care and privacy, drug and alcohol use during pregnancy and safety
  • Education if you’re under 18
    Information on school and education when you’re pregnant and under the age of 18
  • Housing
    Information on housing and renting
  • Work
    Employment protections, parental leave, returning to work and bereavement leave
  • Registering the birth
    Registering the birth with the New Zealand government
  • The other parent
    Who’s the other parent? (“paternity”), parent titles for gender-diverse parents and Paternity Orders
  • Caring for a child
    Guardianship of a child, day-to-day care and contact with a child and Child support & benefits
  • Dealing with Oranga Tamariki
    your rights when dealing with Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children
  • Legal Aid
    Legal aid will help pay for your lawyer’s fees and you won’t need to pay it back
  • Where to go for more support
    Other information and resources
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Pregnancy Rights

Where to go for more support

Community Law is a free service and has 24 centres across New Zealand.

You can find the details of the nearest Community Law Centre at www.communitylaw.org.nz

Checkout the Community Law Manual for more easy-to-read legal information across community, family and personal life. Access free online or email publications@wclc.org.nz to buy a hard copy

Also available as a book

Pregnancy Rights

Although there are no laws which say when someone can and can’t become pregnant, there will be times throughout a woman’s pregnancy when she will have to make ‘legal decisions’. This booklet contains answers to legal questions that might come up if you are pregnant.

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