Family law services
- Public service
Family law services include paternity matters, maintenance, custody and meeting agreement matters, adoption matters and drawing up of reports for the court in child custody and meeting disputes.
The Family Law Services Unit is a centralised unit that handles the tasks within its field of operation for all residents of Helsinki. The unit's services are also available to families in which one of the parents lives elsewhere in Finland or abroad.
To whom and on what terms
The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.
When the parents of a child aged under 18 years are divorced, they can agree upon child maintenance. The agreement must be made in writing and submitted to the child supervisor in the child's home municipality. If the child does not live in Finland, the agreement is confirmed in the home municipality of the person obliged to pay maintenance. The municipal child welfare supervisor provides advice and assistance in this matter.
Child maintenance can also be confirmed by a court decision. The confirmed amount of child maintenance may be amended if there is an essential change in the circumstances.
If the maintenance amount is very low or if the person obliged to pay is unable to pay it, the child's maintenance is supported by child maintenance allowance paid by Kela. This allowance must be applied for separately.