Brazilian Institute of Family Law (IBDFAM) was created in October 25, 1997, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, during the 1st Brazilian Congress of Family Law.

Nowadays,IBDFAM has reached the number of almost 10.000 members among of them lawyers, social workers, public defenders, judges, students, prosecutor attorneys, psychoanalysts and psychologists, legal practitioners from Brazil and overseas.

The institute is a non-profitable scientific-technical entity recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice as a Federal Public Service Entity whose goal is to develop and disseminate the knowledge about Family Law, besides acting as a representative strength in the matters concerning Brazilian families.

Since its foundation, this institute has been working to suit and adequate treatment to the diversity and specific demands that come to court.

The institute has its representations consolidated through state committees in all Brazilian States and Federal District. In 2015,IBDFAM gets to its 18th anniversary of new paradigms in the fields of Family Law.



IBDFAM is present in all the Brazilian states and Federal District, and its headquarters is in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state. In the political field, this entity follows the demands of the Brazilian society regarding Family Law, contributing to those demands through projects, papers, reflections and changes in the law.

In political acting, the institution proposed a Constitutional Amendment (PEC 37/2007) that changed the conditions to establish the divorce. In 2010, this amendment was approved in the National Congress as Constitutional Amendment 66/2010 that ended the judicial separation as a previous condition for the divorce. It also eliminated unnecessary deadlines and took out the discussion about guilty in the end of conjugality.

In its interventions in the academic-technical area, IBDFAM recycles and updates the Family Law professionals through publications (IBDFAM Magazine- Family and Successions; Informative Magazine IBDFAM-printed-; IBDF@M electronic report), website, and several regular seminars and congresses done throughout every regions of the country that bring important contribution to the reflection and maturation of family relations in our country.


IBDFAM takes part actively of the discussions that affect the destinies of Brazilian society in the area of Family Law, with initiatives in the Judiciary, Executive and Legislative public powers, as well as at press. .


  • Promote, in an interdisciplinary way, the studies, researches, discussions and campaigns about family and law of succession relations.

  • Disseminate knowledge about Family Law to all its members and the society as a whole.

  • Maintain permanent knowledge exchange with national and international entities related to Family Law.

IBDFAM products

The magazine “IBDFA Famílias e Sucessões”

  • The magazine “IBDFAM Família e Sucessões” is the main legal magazine about Families and Successions in Latin America. Available in both printed and digital versions, the magazine “IBDFAM Famílias e Sucessões” presents relevant approaches to support the work of legal practitioners who search for permanent professional update with the best content in the area. It also shows commented decisions, theses, foreign contributions, bibliographical reviews, legal advices, jurisprudence summaries, news and normative acts.

  • The editorial board of this publication is composed by Ana Carla Harmatiuk Matos, Flávio Tartuce, Giselda M. F. Novaes Hironaka, João Aguirre, Luiz Edson Fachin, Marcos Ehrhardt Júnior, Maria Berenice Dias, Paulo Luiz Netto Lôbo, Rodrigo da Cunha Pereira e Rolf Madaleno.The scientific board is composed by Aída kemelmajer de Carlucci (Argentina), Cecília Grosman (Argentina), Enrique Varsi Rospigliosi (Peru), Euclides Oliveira (Brazil), Francesco D. Busnelli (Italy), Francisco Cahali (Brazil), Giselle Groninga (Brazil), Gustavo José Mendes Tepedino (Brazil), Jorge Duarte Pinheiro (Portugal), Michael R. Will (Switzerland), Paulo Lins e Silva (Brazil), Sílvio de Salvo Venosa (Brazil), Tânia da Silva Pereira (Brazil) e Zeno Veloso (Brazil). 
    Order your subscription. For futher information www.revistaibdfam.com.br 


IBDFAM web portal

With an enjoyable layout and tools that simplify and facilitate virtual navigation, the knowledge about Family Law is presented in an accessible and dynamic way. The portal makes available news, scientific and opinion articles, jurisprudence, events schedule, press room, library, among others. It brings the members together through interactivity and virtual communication, pointing out the relationship site and the exclusive section to its members. Moreover, it streamlines the membership processes via the entity´s Executive Office.

Informative magazine IBDFAM
The magazine assembles extensive content about Family Law with analysis of the most relevant issues, special articles, interviews, articles, news, jurisprudence and information about events and publications related to the area. This magazine has been circulating continuously for 14 years in all the Brazilian states and it is sent to its members. It is a source of search for lawyers, social workers, public defenders, judges, students, prosecutor attorneys, psychoanalysts and psychologists, legal practitioners.


IBDFAM has established agreements with specialized publishers in the juridical area so that its member can purchase books with special conditions.


The Executive and Regional Boards promote local, regional and national events. Among those events, we can point out the promotion of the biennial Brazilian Congress of Family Law.