A working group including members of all four parties in Parlament is initiating a bill that will allow cohabitation to be officially registered by both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Politicians have pointed to the large percentage of people living in common-law domestic partnerships and children born out of wedlock (over half the children born) as reasons to encode the principle, Postimees reported. Legislation would provide weaker parties in such civil partnerships and regulate legal consequences.
To register cohabitation, participants will probably be required to sign a notarized agreement where they choose a property relatinship and agree on matters of inheritance.
The bill is a candidate to be fast-tracked - the goal is for the legislation to come into force on July 1.