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When you are surrounded by the bliss of an imminent marriage with your loved one, it is difficult to think of the harsh realities of divorce. However, doing so can save both parties money, time, and heartache down the line. Prenuptial agreements in Brazil are designed to assist couples in deciding how their property and money will be divided in advance should they get a divorce. So long as these legal documents are drafted properly, they are honored in Brazil, the United States of America, and other courts around the globe.

If you are interested in drafting a prenuptial agreement with your loved one, it is important to find an attorney that can help you draw it up. Prenuptial agreements are often used when one member of the married couple has significant assets, such as land, savings or investments. Family law attorneys can help you negotiate and define the terms of a prenuptial agreement, and they can also do the same for antenuptial agreements, made after the marriage.

If you want a prenuptial agreement that is valid under both Brazilian and American law, it must be signed under the full agreement of both parties. Both parties must fully disclose all of their assets, and individual lawyers should represent both parties separately.

Deciding how Marital Property Should be Divided in Advance

When you are just starting to divide assets during a divorce, Brazilian and American law can dictate some divisions that do not seem entirely fair to either party. For example, a family business or a vacation home might fall to the wrong person simply for erroneous legal reasons. When you draft a prenuptial agreement, many of these laws can be bypassed, and the divisions will be fairer. By drafting a prenuptial agreement, you and your spouse can protect the items and assets that are important to you.

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Pacto Antenupcial

Pacto Antenupcial is how Brazilians call a prenuptial agreement. While it has the same goals of a prenuptial agreement in the US, in Brazil it must follow certain guidelines. While such agreements are usually much shorter in Brazil, they must be registered in three different registration offices in order to become enforceable:

  1. Tabelião de Notas: it is a registration office dedicated to record and make available to the public notices such as prenuptial agreements.
  2. Cartório do casamento: this is the registration office in charge of marriages.
  3. Registro de Imóveis: this is the registration office responsible for real estate properties and deeds.


It is possible to have a prenuptial agreement registered in Brazil through Power of Attorneys. However, each of the spouses will need to have their own representatives. The process is somewhat complex since multiple steps are required for the POA provided by the foreign spouse to be accepted in Brazil.

Protecting Your Child’s Property Rights

In some cases, prenuptial agreements are drawn up mainly to protect the rights a child has to his or her property. If you have children from a previous marriage, a prenuptial agreement might be wise. There have been many cases in the United States and Brazil in which a stepparent has disinherited children from a previous marriage to take on those from a new one.

Antenuptial Agreements

Antenuptial agreements are similar to prenuptial agreements in that they outline the terms of the divorce before it actually happens, but they are made after two people have already been married. Generally, these agreements are made to protect one member of the marriage from incurring the debts of their spouse. They might also be made to alter or reiterate the agreement made before the marriage.

If you intend to create a prenuptial or antenuptial agreement, you will want the service of an attorney to make sure your contract is thorough and legal.

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