(Closed) Episcopalian bees: Annulment?

posted 6 years ago in Christian
Post # 4
17 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve never even heard of annulment in the Anglican church. The church marries divorced people now, so what exactly is the point of this?

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Do you know if it’s similar to how annulments work in the Catholic church?

I (fortunately) have no direct experience with the process, but I know it involves presenting your case before a tribunal of Canon lawyers and demonstrating that one of the conditions for a valid sacramental marriage was not met.

Post # 8
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

cradle Epicopalian here….

The reason you have to have conrete wedding plans is because an annulment is not “necessary” in the Episcopalian church, even in order to be remarried.  The Episcopalian Church recognizes civil divorce as the legal dissolution of the marriage.

Having said that….. Yes, you can have the dissolution of your marriage *verified* by the Bishop in order to have an Episcopalian Priest preside over your marriage ceremony.  There is no formal annulment process, I’m not sure who told you that – unless you are from England…. it may be different.

Getting married in the is the same process you would go through ANYWAY, except if you have been divorced, it will involve the Bishop instead of just the Priest.

I found this online…. it’s from the diocese of New Jersey


I read over this…. the application is the same one I filled out when I married for the first time in 1993.


Here are all the Canons – you’re looking for CANON 19: Of Regulations Respecting Holy Matrimony:  Concerning Preservation of Marriage, Dissolution of Marriage,
and Remarriage.  It’s on page 57.



Good Luck.

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