There are many citizens who contact us to request help to make sure that the foreign court decisions are applicable to them in Portugal
The most common processes are the review of divorces decided by foreign courts (when the couple has their marriage registered in Portugal but apply for a divorce in a another country) and adoption cases granted in countries other than Portugal (when the adoption documents need to be registered in Portugal).
The Portuguese civil code includes the following:
The need for a review
1 - Without any loss to treaties, conventions, community regulations and special laws, no decision from a foreign court with regards to private rights will have any effect in Portugal, regardless of the nationality of the parties, without prior review and confirmation by a Portuguese Court.
The review and confirmation of the foreign decision is to be done by the High Court of the judicial district of the area of residence of the applicant, having in mind articles 85.º to 87.º
Requirements for the confirmation
For the decision to be confirmed, it is necessary: