(Closed) convalidation

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The short answer is yes…if you do get your previous marriage annulled.  You also will still have to do the same marriage preparation that you would do if you were being married in the church.

My husband (slmost called him FI!) and I are in a similar situation.  I have a previous marriage that needs to be annulled and we have been working with our priest since January on getting that done.   We still have a long way to go.

We decided for other reasons (kids, insurance) that we really were not comfortable waiting indefinitely to marry.  I WISH I had applied for the annulment eight years ago when I got divorced…but oh, well. So we got married last week at city hall.  We also plan to have our marriage convalidated as soon as my annulment is final.  Our priest says I have a good case, so I hope he is right and the annulment is granted. 

In the meantime, since according to the church we aren’t actually married, we aren’t changing much.  He still has his house and I have mine.  Our families and close friends know we are married, but we are not really making it public.  We won’t consider ourselves married until we are married in the church.  I did change my name legally, but am still using my maiden name socially (took it back after the divorce) until the marriage is convalidated.

Here’s a link that explains convalidations and what is required to have one. 

 http://www.idotaketwo.com/marriage-convalidation.html

 

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