Soccer Star Set To Marry Two Women
( 4UMF NEWS ) Soccer Star Set To Marry Two Women:
I, Ronaldinho, take you both to be my wives.
Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho Gaucho will "wed" his two fiancées in a private ceremony in August, Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Dia reports.
Poligamy are illegal and punishable by up to six years in prison in Brazil, so the union won't constitute a legal marriage. But notaries in Brazil can authorize civil unions among three parties.
Ronaldinho began dating Priscilla Coelho between 2012 and 2014, while he was playing for Atletico Mineiro, according to local media reports.
He met Beatriz Souza in 2016 and began dating her as well.
The lovers have reportedly lived happily together in Ronaldinho's Rio de Janeiro mansion since December.
The threesome will "marry" in a small ceremony at their home.
Ronaldinho will likely establish a private contract that creates a set of rules for the family he forms with the women, according to Brazilian lawyer Michelle Viana.
The contract could cover financial responsibilities and repercussions should the civil union come to an end, she said.
International family lawyer Sergio Botinha said he used to cross paths with Ronaldinho when he played for Atletico Mineiro and lived in Minas Gerais.
"He was every day with a different woman, so it's not surprising when you think of that," he said. "It's very his style."
Ronaldinho's sister says she's boycotting the ceremony because she disapproves of her brother's lifestyle, according to O Dia.
Brazil is in the process of reviewing its marriage laws — a National Council of Justice hearing on polyamorous unions was postponed Tuesday.
So far, four council members have stated their opposition to legalizing the unions, while two voiced their support.
Five council members have not yet cast their votes.
"Brazilian law is changing to adjust to society, but it might not be ready to accept polygamy," said Sergio Botinha, an international family lawyer based in Brazil.
In 2012, public notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues approved the first civil union between a man and two women, according to The Week.
Three years later, three women entered into a civil union, approved by another public notary in Brazil.
But the validity of those unions is up for debate.
Though authorized by a notary, the unions' members aren't guaranteed rights under the country's justice system.
"Any polyamorous union or attempt to legalize these marriages would face a lot of difficulty," Botinha said.
He added that that Ronaldinho's brides-to-be could have some rights under the Brazilian constitution, which guarantees human dignity.
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