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Before you can get married, both partners must submit a written application for an examination of impediments to marriage to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (digi- ja väestötietovirasto). You can submit the application to any Digital and Population Data Services Agency office. Civil marriages also usually take place at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
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Divorce applications are filed at the Vaasa District Court (Vaasan käräjäoikeus) registry. The application can also be sent by post or e-mail. Spouses can file for divorce either together or alone.
Family counselling centres can provide help and support in divorce situations. Conciliation discussions help parents who are separating or divorced. Parents are helped to find solutions that consider both the needs of any children and the perspectives of the adults.
A parish family counselling service also provides professional discussion assistance on relationship and family issues as well as life crisis situations.
If you have children and your marriage comes to an end, make an appointment with a child welfare officer. The child welfare officer confirms the agreement on where the children will live, custody, visitation rights and maintenance.
When you are pregnant
Contact the child health clinic as soon as you realise you are expecting a baby. Maternity clinic services are free of charge. Contact information for clinics can be found on the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia website.
You can apply for a place in early childhood education for a preschool child. Vaasa has early childhood education in daycare centres, family daycare and private daycare centres in Finnish, Swedish and English. An income-based customer fee is charged for early childhood education.
An Early Childhood Education Service Counsellor advises families on applying for an early childhood education place and explains the different options.
Vaasa also has open daycare centres with open and free activities and clubs.
Fill out an electronic application on the city’s website when you wish to apply for a place for your child in daycare, family daycare or an open daycare club.
A parent of a child under the age of 3 can receive homecare support while caring for the child at home. If you are entitled to homecare support, you can apply for it from Kela. Fill in the application online or send it by mail to Kela. You can also visit Kela's office.