In divorce, separation, or dissolution of a common law marriage, the woman will be the one to retain property of the house or apartment acquired with a government funded program "My House, My Life" that gives millions of low income citizens their first and only real estate property.
She did not determine how to discriminate in same sex Gay and Lesbian stable relationships, which are legal in Brazil.
President Dilma Rousseff will announce later, on public television, changes in the program "My house, my life" that will benefit women
The name "My house, my life" shows the extreme importance of a first hard earned house. And this will automatically go to the woman! Even in the case of a simple "stable relationship" with no marriage, no children. Even if there is a pre-nup contract determining separation of property. Even if the relationship was short, even if the man exclusively paid for the house. There goes his dream in the name of equality for women
In the case of separation, divorce, or undoing of a stable long term relationship, the ownership title of the real estate acquired through "My House, My Life" will be given to the women, or transferred to her regardless of the marital property regime.
The new rule applies to families with income range of up to three minimum wages that hat 95% of the value of the property financed by the program. [...]
In cases where child custody is assigned exclusively to the husband or male partner, the title of ownership of the property will be registered in his name.
Only in such rare and exceptional cases the property will be signed to the man.. If the couple has no children the woman automatically inherits the real estate, the one and only first house they had. No chance for a man. And if they have children, rarely the man gets the sole custody.
This is an official government decree. This is a present of the woman president of Brazil to her fellow women, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day. Dilma Rousseff declared. We wonder what comparably large present men will gain for the international men’s day.
I am proud to be leader of a government that has the most programs in our history to support women. But I know that government and society must do much more to fully value women [...] The fight to value the women is an important task for all Brazilians Tribuna do Norte
This housing program is very significant and involves millions of houses and apartments.
Brazil’s housing plan, Minha Casa, Minha Vida (My Home, My Life) is entering its second phase, and aims to build 2,000,000 homes before 2014 for low income families. “Launching this new phase marks a special moment,” President Dilma Rousseff said. “Building a house is much more than construction work. It is building a dream because a home is the space where relationships are built, children are raised and family ties are established. (A home is) shelter, protection and security” Brazilian Times (English)
Too bad that shelter, protection, and security are only for women, not for men.
Only the lawyer association shyly protested, based not in defense of male equality, but on legal formalities
The Attorney General of the Association of Lawyers of Brazil (OAB), Ronaldo Cramer is concerned as the government decided to change the rules of the program My House, My Life – to ensure that in cases of separation, divorce or dissolution of stable union, the woman retains the property of a house built through the housing program. He understands that the official decree is an "unwarranted invasion" in the legislation that deals with the dissolution of couples’ Unions, dealt with in the Civil Code. 2