Register Foreign Divorce in Portugal

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Very helpful and friendly service. Would recommend them to anyone needing assistance.
12 Jul 2024
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Service Details

Register Foreign Divorce

This service is available across Portugal

Who Can Benefit from this Service?

  • This service is particularly relevant for expats living in Portugal, Portuguese citizens who were divorced abroad, or individuals with connections to Portugal who need their register a divorce in Portugal in order for it to be recognised in the country. 
  • Those who must register a divorce in Portugal in order to have their marital status updated in Portugal for various legal, personal, or administrative reasons.
Who Can Benefit from this Service?

Process and Requirements

The requirements for the recognition of a foreign divorce in Portugal differ based on the location of the divorce:

  1. For divorces outside the EU: A judicial action must be initiated for the recognition of the divorce through the Tribunal da Relação, requiring several documents including a legalised marriage certificate and a certified divorce decree with an Apostille (if applicable).
  2. For divorces within the EU (after March 1, 2001): The process is simpler, as it involves registering the divorce decision at the Conservatória dos Registos Civis without needing to go through court, provided all required documents are submitted.
Process and Requirements

Procedure: Our Approach

  1. Initial Consultation: Understanding your specific situation and legal needs.
  2. Document Preparation: Gathering and preparing necessary documents, including the foreign divorce decree and marriage certificate.
  3. Legal Representation: Providing representation through a lawyer registered with the Portuguese Bar Association.
  4. Court Submission: Submitting the required documentation to the Tribunal da Relação for the recognition of the foreign judgment.
  5. Follow-up and Updates: Keeping you informed throughout the process and ensuring all steps are completed efficiently.
Procedure: Our Approach

Advantages of this Service

  • Expertise in Portuguese and international family law ensures a smooth and efficient process.
  • Personalised assistance tailored to individual cases, including complex situations involving multiple divorces or countries outside the EU.
  • Assurance of legal compliance with both Portuguese and international legal standards.
Advantages of this Service

Key Features of this Service

  • Legal representation and advice throughout the recognition process.
  • Assistance with the collection and legalisation of necessary documents.
  • Provision of updated information on Portuguese family law and its application to foreign divorces.
Key Features of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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