Any Catholic Annulment Experiences?

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s hard to find info bc the process can b quite different and take different amounts of time in different dioceses. So sorry it has been frustrating for you. I do know that 18-24 months or longer is not unheard of.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You would have gotten a lack of form annulment which is what my DH and I had. It’s just a form sent in after an interview with our priest. No big deal.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@solidarity:  no. neither of them were Catholic, so there was no “form” to be followed. The Catholic Church assumes that marriages of other faiths or non-faiths are valid (until/unless proved otherwise. Hence the need for an annulment.) You only get the “easy” “lack of form” if a Catholic marries outside the Church.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@red_rose:  In our case in our diocese, they do not recognize marriage by non-Catholics outside of the Catholic Church. We would not have had to get annulments at all in that case.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@solidarity:  What country are you referring to? I would be very surprised to learn that is correct anywher. The Catholic Church absolutely DOES recognize the marriages of non Catholics- it would be ridiculous if it didn’t, it would be saying the only way to be validly married, even for someone who isn’t catholic, would be to get married in a Catholic Church! Ask google – “do non-Catholics need an annulment?” The answers are quite unanimous, and you can find them from much more authoritative websites than just me, a random person on theninternet. 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@arf149:  You’re right. If both parties are Christian (and NOT Catholic) but are baptized, the church recognizes the marriage and requires an annulment if you want to get remarried in the Catholic Church. An annulment is a full-blown tribunal with witnesses and reasons as to why the marriage shouldn’t be valid. 

Likewise, if you’re baptized Catholic and marry INSIDE the church, you must get an annulment to re-marry in the Catholic church. 

However, if you are baptized Catholic and marry OUTSIDE of the church, all you need is a defect of form declaration to remarry INSIDE the church… 

If that all makes sense (like anything in religion does!)

Source: DH getting a defect of form declaration…

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I received my final declaration of nullity in September. The entire process took 18 months. My former husband and I were both baptized Christians who converted to Catholicism after marriage. We got divorced two years ago. I’m remarrying next year.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

You should have gotten a case number from the Tribunal council in your diocease. Then you can call them and ask them where they are at in your case. I am a cradle Catholic, who married IN THE CHURCH to a NON CATHOLIC, and I had to go thru the whole process. It took 11 months. I agree that the timeline depends on the diocease. Good Luck!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@arf149:  I am currently going through the annulment process. My situation is simple and will take approximately 2 months to be complete. I was baptized catholic, however I was married on a beach. The way my priest explained it to me, this is the most simple situation since I basically did not follow the proper rites of the sacrament of marriage, so mine is called a “lack of form” annulment.

The priest explained that when someone had a previous marriage and had never been baptized, that the process is actually more complicated and can take up to a year to finalize.

I don’t know if this is helpful at all!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@solidarity:  I do not believe this is correct. In fact, it is a much longer process for a non-catholic to get an annulment in the catholic church.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If the marriage did not place in a Catholic church, the Church does not consider it valid, therefore, an annulment is not needed. An invalidation of nulification is all that is needed. It’s very simple and took me only a bit of paperwork, a review of the legal docs, and a few weeks of waiting. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

The Catholic church considers any marriage to be valid.  I am not Catholic, never been baptized, was married the first time in my mom’s backyard by someone not affiliated with any church.  My FI is Catholic who was married the first time in the Catholic church.  Our priest indicated that we BOTH had to get annulments in order to be married in the Catholic church.  We submitted our narratives in May 2012 and just last week I received my letter from our archdiocese that they have reached an affirmative decision.  However, every case needs two affirmative decisions for an annulment to be granted.  I’m told that the second decision can take an additional 12 weeks.  It will likely be 2 years or longer by the time we are able to set a date.

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