Establishing paternity, custody, living arrangements, right of access and maintenance

Child welfare office

Child welfare officers of city of Jyväskylä are located in the building of Family and Child Guidance Clinic.

Address: Väinönkatu 6 (3rd floor), 40100 Jyväskylä

Child welfare officers only accept clients by appointment. You can contact the child welfare officers and case manager via telephone during telephone service hours.

You can also contact the child welfare officers and case manager on the Internet through Hyvis electronic services.

Establishing paternity

If a child's parents are not married at the moment of the child's birth, the mother is registered as the only parent.

You can acknowledge paternity at a maternity cilinic only during pregnancy. After the child's birth, paternity is acknowledged at an appointment with a child welfare officer.

Custody, living arrangements, right of access and maintenance

When a child is born while his or her parents are married, both parents are his or her guardians. If the parents are not married, the mother is the sole guardian of the child.

The parents can make a custody agreement during an appointment with a child welfare officer or let the matter be decided by a court of law.

When the parents divorce, they shall agree on the parent with whom the child will live. The child shall be registered as a resident in one place only.

A child has the right to meet and keep in contact with the parent with whom he or she does not live. The parents can mutually agree on the visiting rights, make an agreement on the matter at an appointment with a child welfare officer or have a district court solve the matter.

If the non-custodial parent is unable to care for the child during these meetings, supervised meetings can be arranged.

Parents can negotiate on the amount of maintenance payment at an appointment with a child welfare officer.

If the child’s parents do not live in the same household, the parent living elsewhere usually pays a monthly maintenance allowance. During the negotiation, both parents' maintenance capacity and the child's need for maintenance will be charted. A maintenance agreement—valid until the child's age of majority—will be concluded. In certain cases, a fixed-term agreement will be made.

An agreement between parents or a court decision can be amended with a new agreement or court decision.