(Closed) catholic couple married to others by JOTP,were devorced,can they marry in church

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

You need to get a “simple” annulment first. Talk to the priest who is doing your marriage prep. he should be able to help you with it. 

Post # 5
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@inlawbee:  No, they can’t. The Catholic Church takes the whole “’till death do you part” thing pretty seriously. If you are divorced you can’t remarry in the Church until your ex-spouse dies; if your spouse dies during the marriage though, they will happily perform a second marriage ceremony should you choose to re-marry.

Post # 7
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It’s likely they would. I don’t know if it’s too late for when you need the info, OP, but when a Catholic marries outside the Catholic Church it’s not a valid marriage.

They would still need it to be annulled, but it wouldn’t be hard to get.

Post # 8
246 posts
Helper bee

Yes you can get married in a church. Speak to a priest. My mother was married by. Jotp, divorced and remarried my step father in a church. 

Post # 9
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@inlawbee:  Wow, I don’t know why some people posted answers that are so difinitively worded and so wrong, but yes you absolutely can get married in the church after having a simple annulment, which in my diocese takes about 30 days.  Far longer is the marriage preparation (6-9 months) so if you’re crunched for time it’ll be the prep, not the annulment, that holds you up.  Each diocese has a website to describe their process but here’s some general info: http://www.americancatholic.org/newsletters/cu/ac1002.asp

Essentially an annulment affirms that the marriage wasn’t entered into sacramentally in the first place.  Catholics don’t grant “I changed my mind” annulments, the grounds have to assert that one or both parties didn’t enter into the marriage with a clean heart and sacramental intentions.  Since it was a JOTP ceremony it wasn’t sacramental to begin with, so you fill out a little paperwork and you’re good to go.  Good luck!

Post # 10
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@inlawbee:  You will need an annulment for each of you.  It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t technically a sacramental marriage.  Each Diocese has their own rules.  In some, it’s easier to obtain an annulment but in others, nearly impossible.  You need to speak to your local parish priest about it and check your Diocesan website for marriage information.

Post # 11
7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Talk to your priest about the possibility of each person getting an annulment. If you can both get an annulment on the grounds that you were both married outside the Catholic church, then yes.

You would also have had to have had all the sacraments prior to your previous weddings… you could not have converted to Catholicism afterwards. If you were not Catholic before your previous marriage, it will still stand.

Post # 12
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow. This is why you shouldn’t use an internet board to get help for a question like this. I don’t see one correct answer. Its not an annulment, it’s an Invalidation. An annulment is only required when the marriage happens in the Church. A non-Catholic wedding is not recognized as valid by the Church, so a simple Invalidation is required. It’s just some paperwork and a review of your previous marriage and divorce records. 

In any case, see your Parish. They are the authority on this issue. 

Post # 13
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My mom had a quick legal wedding the first time around, and a Catholic ceremony the second time around. I’m not sure if they needed to do anything special as far as anullments or anything, but I know that’s what she did so it’s possible.

Post # 14
11517 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a non-catholic friend who was married to a catholic in a catholic church – i think anything’s possible, it just depends on your priest and your church 🙂

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