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Before getting married, you must request in writing an examination of the possible impediments to your marriage (avioliiton esteiden tutkiminen). The examination of impediments is done at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can submit the examination request to any service location.
Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Tel. 0295 536 244
Read more: Marriage
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Information regarding a child’s birth is sent from the hospital to the Finnish Population Information System. You have to inform the Digital and Population Data Services Agency about the child’s names, native language and other necessary information on a separate form that will be sent to your home.
You can read more about the registration of a child’s birth, recognition of paternity and custody on the InfoFinland page: When a child is born in Finland .
Read more: Health in Espoo
Taking care of a child
Information on the day care of children in Espoo is available on the InfoFinland page Education in Espoo .
If you need a temporary nanny in your home you can contact the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (Mannerheimin lastensuojeluliitto) or Väestöliitto.
Read more: Day care
Child home care allowance
If the youngest child of the family is under three years of age, a parent may receive child home care allowance (kotihoidon tuki) if he or she takes care of the child at home. If you are entitled to child home care allowance, you can apply for it from Kela. You can fill in the application online or post it to Kela. You can also visit a Kela office. Espoo has four Kela offices.
The City of Espoo pays an additional Espoo supplement to families who care for a child under 3 years of age at home. Parents who care for all under-school-age children of the family are entitled to apply for the Espoo supplement.
Resident playgrounds and clubs
The City of Espoo organises plenty of activities for parents who care for their children at home, including resident playgrounds, open day-care centres and playgroups.
Read more: Benefits for looking after a child at home
Elderly people can use the services of regular health stations. In addition, Espoo provides specialised elderly services, such as home care services. If you would like more information on elderly services, contact Guidance for Elderly Citizens (Seniorineuvonta).
Tel. (09) 816 33333
If you care for a family member at home
If you are taking care of an elderly, ill or disabled family member at home, you may be entitled to informal care allowance.
Read more: Elderly
Problems in a family
Information on where to get help in Espoo for problems related to children, young people and families is available on the InfoFinland page Problem situations in Espoo .
There is also information on children's and young people's problems on the InfoFinland page Children's and young people's problems .
Either spouse alone or both spouses together can file for a divorce. You can file for a divorce alone, even if your spouse does not wish to separate from you. In Espoo, divorce applications are filed with Western Uusimaa District Court.
District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa (Länsi-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus)
Vitikka 1 B 2
Tel. 029 564 4000
Read more about filing for a divorce: Divorce
Children in a divorce
If you and your spouse have children and are planning to divorce, make an appointment to see a child supervisor (lastenvalvoja). The child supervisor will confirm an agreement on living arrangements, custody, visitation rights and child maintenance support.
Child supervisor appointments
Monday to Friday at 10:00–11:00
tel. (09) 816 27711
Read more: Children in a divorce