Parents in England will soon be able to benefit from changes to maternity regulation which allows more flexibility between partners.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said that current rules "patronise women and marginalise men" and that many families are eager for more flexibility to be given after the birth of a baby.
"In the coming weeks we will be launching a consultation on a new properly flexible system of shared parental leave, that we aim to introduce in 2015," he said.
Flexible working coupled with changes to paternity and maternity rules could ensure that both parents spend equal time with children and could also make organising busy family life easier.
Vince Cable, the business secretary, said that the government is keen to help new parents achieve the right balance between work and family life.
Meanwhile, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber added plans to carry on with a revamp of the current parenting leave system are welcome and noted that decisions on child care should always be up to parents.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett