Annulment Questions

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@aithinne:  You will need an annulment and that requires two witnesses that can vouch that your marriage was not valid from the start.  It would be best to start now as it took 18 months for me to get the final decision from Rome.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Autumnsnow:  I am not Catholic– on what grounds is a marriage not valid? Can just anyone get an annulment if they weren’t married Catholic? 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@aithinne:  I don’t think you’ll need to get an annulment because you are not Catholic and did not marry a Catholic.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@love108:  One of the parties involved in the marriage has to be Catholic to get an annulment in the Catholic Church.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@solidarity:  

Why do I need an annulment if I’m not Catholic?

If you’re not Catholic, but plan to marry a Catholic, you might be asked to go through the annulment process. This seems odd to most non-Catholics because neither person from the first union is Catholic. Therefore, why should the Catholic Church investigate this marriage?

The Catholic Church presumes the validity of any marriage between two people who are free to marry at the time of their wedding. (They must have no previous marriages.) Basically, if the non-Catholic religious community of either spouse recognized the marriage, so does the Catholic Church. Since marriage, as God created it, is permanent, then the Catholic Church must also investigate these marriages. Because the non-Catholic wishes to marry a Catholic, the Church’s law applies to the proposed marriage, since canon law still binds the Catholic whom the non-Catholic wishes to marry.

In short, the Catholic Church believes her teachings concerning the essence and the properties of marriage bind all people, regardless of whether they are Catholic, as part of God’s natural law.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Autumnsnow:  Maybe this depends on the diocese? I would not have had to get an annulment if my ex wasn’t Catholic because I was not Catholic at the time of the ceremony. This is what our priest told us.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@solidarity:  I’m not entirely sure how it works if you get married outside of the church.  You are probably right, that it may vary from diocese.  The best way would be to ask the priest at the parish which one wishes to get married at.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Thank you! This sounds so complicated.. good luck OP!!

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