In a pickle in Portugal?

on 1:00 pm

As you may or may not know, I have a degree in Law from a prominent Portuguese university, and am currently practising, so if you wish feel free to ask me any questions you may have concerning the Portuguese legal system or Portuguese law.

Of course, any and all information given is not legally binding, nor constitutes any sort of legal advice, only legal information. In no event shall I be liable for lost profits or any special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with this information, and any information is provided on an “as is” basis.  I make no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information. Absolutely nothing beats speaking with an attorney face to face, but at least you will have an idea of what you will be dealing with.

I am bound by professional confidentiality, and registered with the National Bar Association, therefore no personal or case information will ever be revealed, but I do plan on putting any questions and their corresponding answers here (though in an abbreviated format with all particulars removed), in order to help anyone that finds their self in a similar situation.

I will reply best I can, and I assure you that that I will respond to every email (even if it is to say “I don’t have the faintest idea”, or “Good question”).

You may ask why I am doing this. First, to practise my English, since I’m getting a bit rusty due to lack of use. Second, to help foreigners that may visit Portugal and find themselves needing legal information or clarification. Dealing with lawyers in a foreign country is always very problematic, especially since you rarely dominate the language nor are familiar with the laws, therefore I believe that it is always best to approach one as best informed as possible.

Here are some very useful links related to Portuguese Law (all sites in Portuguese);
The Portuguese Case Law database - contains case law of all Portuguese appellate courts,
Juris - National and international law related news,
The site of the Public Prosecutor, Lisbon district - has practically all current Portuguese legislation.



Can you please direct me to the online information regarding family law rules for Portugal. I doubt the Portuguese are as advanced as Australia, see link.

Gabriel said...


What kind of information do you need?

Here are two links on divorce and parental responsability, respectively.

However, the best information is directly from the source, the Portuguese Civil Code, I think I can find a pdf copy of it in english if you're interested.