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The Annulment Process

Divorced Catholics who wish to remarry in the Church must first be granted an annulment. By granting an annulment, a Church tribunal (a Catholic Church court) declares that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.


The Essential Elements are:

1. The spouses are free to marry
2. They are capable of giving their consent to marry
3. They freely exchange their consent 
4. In consenting to marry, they have the intention to marry for life, to be faithful to one another and be open to children
5. They intend the good of each other
6. Their consent is given in the presence of two witnesses and before a properly authorized Church minister


Frequently Asked Questions

  How does one begin the annulment process?  

Contact a priest or deacon at a local parish

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  I've received a declaration of nullity and want to marry in the Church, now what?  



  Other FAQs?  

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