After mat leave I can either resign or take a period of parental leave which could be up to 3 or 4 months in length. This gives me more time to figure out if staying at home is viable before resigning.
But, is there a benefit to resigning sooner rather than later? My income will remain the same (i.e. £0). The parental leave opinion seems too good to be true somehow that I'm convinced I'm missing something!
It's a lifetime allowance, not per employer so yes if she uses it now it won't be available later. It is one of the questions that employers will ask in a reference - how many weeks parental leave you have taken.