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Conclusion of marriage

The marriage can take place in a church or in a civil wedding ceremony. Before the ceremony, impediments to the marriage must have been examined. When you enter into a marriage, both of the spouses are granted a marital right to each other’s property. However, you can sign a prenuptial agreement if you want to specify that the property will be divided in some certain way when the marriage ends.

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Marriage affects your financial situation and benefits

Getting married will affect some practical things in your life.

Prenuptial agreement

The spouses may restrict each other’s right to their personal property with a prenuptial agreement. Both spouses have to give their consent to this.

Marriage ceremony options

You can get married at a local register office, in a district court, in a church or on the premises of some other religious society.

Examination of impediments to marriage

All couples who wish to marry must apply for a certificate of investigation of impediments to marriage.

Deciding on the surname in a marriage and cohabitation

Partners getting married and partners living in cohabitation have many options to choose from when deciding on their surname.

Marriages concluded abroad

If you get married abroad, your marriage is only official in Finland when it has been registered in Finland.