Expedited adoption is not in the best interests of a child
Marta is the mother of a 7-year-old Sandra. Sandra’s biological dad died five years ago. A year after the death of Sandra’s father, Marta met her future husband Indrek. Marta took Indrek’s surname when they married and Indrek expressed his wish to adopt Marta’s daughter Sandra. They lived together as a family for another three years. Sandra called Indrek her father. After Marta and Indrek separated, he declared that since their marriage is over, he no longer wants to hear from Marta or Sandra. Indrek also wanted to reverse the adoption.
Why is the entry of a child's biological father on the birth certificate important?
Under Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents. Estonia has acceded to the Convention, thus obliged to guarantee the rights provided for in the Convention to every child living in Estonia.
What is parental alienation? What are the options for the parent and the court in case of parental alienation?
Laura and Margus are the parents of 9-year-old Nelli. Three years ago, the parents long relationship ended. As the breakup was emotionally difficult for Laura, the parents agreed that Nelli would at first live with her and spend time with Margus on the weekends.
Getting married, but do not know which matrimonial property regime to choose?
Once the wedding day is in place, future spouses will need to decide, in addition to the party venue, catering and band, which matrimonial property regime will apply to their marriage. The choice has to be made when filling in the marriage application. Which regime to choose and how is the family home protected in different property regimes?Read more
The maintenance obligation of parents by their adult children
At the request of Eesti Päevaleht, I commented on a story concerning the obligation of adult children to support their parents by giving maintenance. With the aging of society and the rising cost of care homes, the number of similar disputes is likely to increase in the near future. Only a court can release an adult child from the maintenance obligation.Read more