On 17th April 2014, 40 Members of Parliament submitted the Draft Cohabitation Act (Civil Partnership) to the Parliament for proceeding.  

The Cohabitation Act would regulate  the cohabitation of both the opposite and same-sex couples.

Regulating cohabitation means the wish of two people in a close relationship to commit to each other and the need to agree on duties and rights for each other and for the children raised jointly.

Today, the area is unregulated for same sex couples in Estonia, which causes uncertainty for many people, including families with children.

For the couples of opposite sex, the registration of cohabitation is an additional option besides marriage.

Read more about the Cohabitation Act from the Estonian Human Rights Centre's webpage.