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Read more general information: Family
When you are pregnant
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Before marriage, an examination of the impediments to marriage and a certificate of accessibility are required.
This ensures that there are no impediments to marriage under Finnish law. It is done in writing.
A prenuptial agreement (marriage contract) is an agreement that both spouses can keep their property in the event of divorce.
If there is no prenuptial agreement, the property is divided equally under Finnish marriage law.
The prenuptial agreement must be registered in the Finnish Population Register of the DVV.
You can find information on the website of the DVV:
- Investigation of impediments to marriage
- civil marriage
- family name after marriage
- marriage contract
Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV
Lönnrotinkatu 2 C
The office is open by appointment Mon-Fri 9-16.15.
Book an appointment at the national booking service
Read more: Marriage in Finland
Divorce or dissolution of a registered partnership
You can file for divorce alone or together with your spouse. You can file for divorce even if your spouse does not want to divorce you.
You can apply for divorce at the district court of your municipality by submitting a written application.
You can submit your divorce application to the district court office.
The dissolution of a registered partnership is done in the same way as divorce.
Read more: Divorce
Kainuu District Court
Address for visitors:
Lönnrotinkatu 2 a
Office 02956 49479 or 02956 49474
District Court Secretary on duty 02956 49451 or 050 3637 907
Open: Mon - Fri 8.00–16.15
Children in divorce
When you get divorced and have children under 18, you must agree:
- the child's accommodation arrangements
- access rights
- child maintenance (alimony)
The agreement is confirmed by the social services. Once the social welfare office confirms the agreement, it is official.
Contact your child welfare officer.
You can get help with family mediation.
Call the family counselling office.
You can call on Monday and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 11.30 am.
phone: +358 44 7974151
Read more: Children in a divorce