Any person who wishes to enter marriage in the Catholic Church, and who has a former spouse who is living, needs to look at the possibility of a declaration of nullity in order to determine that they are free to marry in the Catholic Church. The fact that a couple was married before a Catholic priest and two witnesses does not necessarily guarantee that all the requirements were present to establish a full and valid marriage.
Divorced Catholics may consider remarriage following a decree of nullity, commonly known as annulment. An annulment determines that at the time of marriage something was missing in the relationship preventing the marriage from being sacramental. There was a valid, legal and civil marriage, but not a valid sacramental marriage.
|Steps to Annulment|
|1.||Obtain a civil divorce|
|2.||Contact your parish|
|3.||Fill out the annulment application (Please make a personal appointment with Janet Guensche, Pastoral Minsiter, for assistance with this form. See left margin of this web page for the form)|
|1. About the Annulment Process|
|Who needs an annulment / declaration of nullity||How is the process started|
|How long does the process take to complete||Will my former spouse be contacted|
|How does the Catholic Church regard non-Catholic marriages||How does Sacramental Marriage differ from a Civil Marriage|
|What is the status of a divorced Catholic in the Church||What is the fee for an annulment|