(Closed) Help Bees! "Quick" Annulment (Catholic)?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I may be ignorant, but I thought an annulment was a legal thing that declared your marriage null and void… I’m confused, is there another meaning for it?

ETA: I just researched a little, and yes, I was ignorant. I never knew about having to have it “annulled” by the church even if it is legally over. Interesting. No help here… Good luch, though!!

Post # 4
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

You should talk to your Deacon … You weren’t married in the church so it doesn’t technically exist.  I’m sure your doing pre cana so ask the people running that.  Unless your last name is Kennedy it’s a long process to get an annulment


Post # 5
8675 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My understanding is that the church has to find the reason for the marriage disolution to be valid from the begining of the marriage (determine if the marriage met the requirements of being a sacramental marriage). At least one of the criteron for sacramental marriage has to be not met in order for the annulment to be granted. These are the criteron for a sacramental marriage:

  • Each person must be baptised.
  • Each person is entering into the marriage upon their own free will; neither person could be coerced into marriage.
  • Each person must not be impeded by any natural or ecclesiastical law.

That said the annulment process is usually a long one which is taken very seriously and often not granted so prepare yourself for that outcome as a possibility. The only way they might grant an annulment is if you can prove that your ex mislead you about soemthing like children but as a christain I would hope that you wouldn’t lie about it.


Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

if you were baptised (and you both were) then from what I”m learning you’ll need a long form, which takes longer.  my arch diocese is currently at least 9 months out from start to finish.


you’ll want to check on your own arch diocese and see their timing.

Post # 7
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

One of my good friends was married in a non-denominational service in the garden of a historic home. She still had to have an annulment. It took about 1 1/2 years to get everything to come through.  You have meetings with your parish priest and others there, then people who are familiar with you and your ex-husband’s relationship and situation will complete lengthy questionnaires and submit them for review (I did one of those on her behalf).  After that, they had another meeting with her, and she received notice several months later that her annulment will be granted. You can check with your priest, but I don’t know of a way to expedite it.


Good luck!

ETA: I found this online:

(From http://www.catholicweddinghelp.com/questions/annulment.htm)

What is involved in getting an annulment (declaration of nullity) for a previous marriage?

A person who has previously been married cannot re-marry in the Catholic Church, even if he or she has obtained a civil divorce, because marriage is an irrevocable covenant that the Church does not have the authority to dissolve (see Catechism #1639-1640). A new marriage is permitted, however, if a Church marriage tribunal determines that the previous marriage was invalid from the beginning.


The process of investigating the validity of the marriage begins when one of the parties to the marriage petitions the diocesan marriage tribunal—a sort of “court” set up to judge such cases. The tribunal then investigates the validity of the marriage by interviewing the parties to the marriage as well as any witnesses; any supporting documentation is also reviewed. If necessary, a sort of trial may take place, with advocates arguing both for and against the validity of the marriage.



A marriage may be found to be invalid if the basic requirements for a valid marriage did not exist at the time of the wedding. The marriage tribunal might make a declaration of nullity:

  • if a legal impediment to marriage existed at the time of the wedding;

  • if full and free consent to marriage was lacking on the part of one of the spouses at the time of the wedding;

  • if the wedding did not follow canonical form—that is, the Church’s laws governing how marriage is to take place.


According to Father Joseph M. Champlin, the most common reasons for declaring a marriage invalid are “insufficiency or inadequacy of judgment (also known as lack of due discretion, due to some factor such as young age, pressure to marry in haste, etc.), psychological incapacity, and absence of a proper intention to have children, be faithful, or remain together until death” (“Ten Questions About Annulment“). See his article, or the other articles listed below, for more details on annulments.


Post # 8
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The process might be shorter since your previous marriage was not in a Catholic church.  Contact your deacon or the Family Life department of your diocese.

Post # 9
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For a Catholic to have a valid marriage, they have to get married in the church. For a non-Catholic, any way they get married is considered valid by the church. Since you were baptized Methodist, the church does not consider you catholic and would therefore consider your non-catholic wedding as valid. In this case you would have to go through the long annulment process. The only possible exception is if your ex-husband was a catholic when you got married outside the church. In that case, your first marriage would not be considered valid (again because Catholics have to get married in the church, but non-Catholics can get married anywhere to have a valid marriage), and you would only have to fill out very quick paperwork and your marriage would not be delayed. Sorry, I know it’s really confusing!

Post # 10
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@HisIrishPrincess:  That’s not true. The Catholic Church considers all marriages valid until proven otherwise – the way you are probably thinking of is when a *Catholic* marries outside the Catholic Church, that’s when it’s annuled based on “lack of form,” which is not what happened in OP’s case.

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