(Closed) Annulment Process?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If he was never married in the church it can be a lot easier and less time consuming. I would still get it started ASAP at your local church. 

Post # 4
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think my uncle went through this and it was a lengthy process. I mean lengthy and personal to boot. He had to give out packets to people close to him and his ex wife to fill out with super personal questions on them about their marriage, etc, etc. I would definitley agree with KLP2010 and get on it ASAP. Just to be on the safe side.

Post # 6
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@bmarie12: I agree with KLP2010. It’ll be easier since he wasn’t married in the Church. They just need to verify that it wasn’t a sacramental wedding. But don’t put it off!

Post # 7
133 posts
Blushing bee

It varies based on where you are located.  Some tribunals can take 6 months and some take 18 months depending on their work load. I’ve never heard of longer than 18 months.

Also, as KLP2010 said this should be a very easy annulment since he was a Catholic not married in a Catholic church (it’s called a Lack of Form Annulment).  Sometimes tribunals have a special “fast track” for these kinds of annulments.  I’ve heard of these types of annulments being granted in less than 2 months in some diocese. 

Post # 8
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My husband got an annulment for lack of canonical form.  It took a long time to meet with the priest and fill out all the paperwork and gather all the required documents…but our priest moves slowly. However, once everything was mailed to the tribunal, he got the decree back in about a month.

Post # 10
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My aunt had been previously married in a civil ceremony (she eloped to the courthouse when she was 18). When she went to marry her current husband in the Catholic Church (post-divorce, of course), our priest told her she didn’t have to bother with an annulment at all since the marriage was never recognized by the Church anyway. After hearing everything that was posted on this thread, I’m confused. Should she have gone through another process before marrying her current husband in the Catholic Church? They’ve been married nearly six years now, by the way. 

Post # 11
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@mandi.pitt: It’s not like it’s a sin that she didn’t get an annulment because it wasn’t a Catholic wedding in the first place. Usually churches just require it regardless just to make sure it wasn’t a Catholic wedding.

She just saved herself some paperwork. Though *technically* that priest would be bending the rules.

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