US - Finland conference call May 3, 2007. Tiina Nurmimäki, Hanna Rantala and Tuija Miettilä. AN OVERVIEW OF THE FINNISH SYSTEM OF CHILD SUPPORT ESTABLISMENT, VARIATION AND ENFORCEMENT. FINLAND. SWEDEN.
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Tiina Nurmimäki, Hanna Rantala and Tuija Miettilä
Democratic republicMember of the European UnionPopulation 5.3 millionArea 130,558 sq miCapital HelsinkiOfficial languages Finnish and Swedish
1) request assistance from the local enforcement authority to collect maintenance
2) apply for advance of child support from the local social welfare authority (2007: € 129,91 / $ 173 per month)
1. Confirmation of maintenance on the basis of agreement be adjusted by agreement or judgement, if the circumstances have changed remarkably.
more than 90 % of the child support cases
in writing and signed by the parents
submitted for the confirmation of the social welfare board of the municipality in which the representative of the child has his habitual residence
the board pays special consideration to whether or not the agreement can be deemed reasonable in view of the right of the child to sufficient maintenance, the financial ability of the parents and other relevant factorsEstablishment of child support
If the parents cannot reach an agreement, the matter has to be handled through a judicial process
Ministry for Foreign Affairs as the receiving central authority:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs as the transmitting central authority:
Please note that Finnish banks charge a fee of approx. $ 15 when payment is made by check.