Post # 1
I’m having difficulty understanding the meaning of an annulment. I was married through a civil ceremony in a different country in 1997 and my divorce was finalized in May of 2008. I now am planning to get married through the Catholic Church in May of 2012. The problem I have encountered is that the Catholic Church is asking for my marriage and divorce certificates but I am having trouble locating my Marriage Certificate. I did locate and now have my Divorce Certificate in hand. I spoke to the priest at our church, my fiancee and I have an appointment with him next week to see what other arrangements we can do to skip the Marriage Certificate. He knows I had great difficulty finding at least 1 of the documents. Shouldn’t the Divorce Certificate be better to have the the Marriage Certificate? I hope I get all this situated? In the worst case scenario what other option do I have? Wish me luck, I am marrying the love of my life!
Post # 3
I think it depends on your priest personally. There’s no legal issue–if you are divorced, you are divorced (and you can’t get a divorce certificate without being married). Why is your priest asking for both documents? If it’s a concern about legality (ie, he doesn’t want to marry someone who’s already married), then the divorce certificate alone should suffice. But if he needs it for some kind of church stipulation, that’s different. If he insists and you can’t find it, then you might have to find a different church.
It *might* be possible to get a reissue of your marriage certificate from the state you were married in–you can easily if you’re still married, but I’m not sure what happens to that documentation once you get divorced. Might be worth the phone call.
Post # 4
It’s not an individual priest who grants an annulment, it goes up for review by a board if I understand the process correctly. It looks like you have plenty of time before your wedding date to get it settled. Good Luck!!