I’m a Portuguese citizen. I live here in SE Massachusetts. I am registered as married in Portugal but, in the meanwhile, I got divorced in the United States. I want to register my divorce in the Portuguese law.
What do I need to do??
To register your north-American divorce in Portugal, it is necessary to have the divorce sentence decreed by the Court, reviewed and confirmed by the Portuguese Family Court (Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa):
First of all, you have to get your Certificate of Divorce Absolute (the US Court has to issue Exemplified Copies); (Attention: the Divorce Nisi is only temporary and NOT valid for this purpose).
Secondly, foreign documents related to divorce proceeding to be sent to Portugal require apostille. Please check https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/precom/comidx.htm
The Certificate of Divorce Absolute will require translation to Portuguese. You can request it at the Consulate (cost will be per page). Attention: In some cases you may have to translate additional documentation provided by the Massachusetts Court like Divorce Agreements regarding division of property and/or custody of minors, etc)
- Finally, you can send all these documents to your lawyer in Portugal so that your north-American divorce can be reviewed and confirmed by the Tribunal da Relação in Portugal.
Do I have to have a lawyer in Portugal to help me do this?
Yes, it is very helpful to have one, especially for step n.º 4. Please check the following website: www.oa.pt