Annulment (Catholic Church)

Annulment (Catholic Church)

Annulment (Catholic Church)

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In the Roman Catholic Church, annulment is a canonical procedure according to the Church's Canon Law whereby an ecclesial tribunal judges whether the bond of matrimony in a particular case was entered into validly. The Church presumes that a marriage is valid until proven otherwise. Annulment is not the ecclesial equivalent of a divorce. A "Declaration of Nullity" is not a dissolution of an existing marriage, but rather a determination that a marriage was not entered into validly. An annulment has no civil consequence.

The Catholic Church affirms that in a true marriage, a man and a woman become one flesh before the eyes of God. The Church's teaching on marriage is that it is a Sacrament and that it is only validly contracted by the two individuals. Various impediments can render an individual unable to contract marriage. <blockquote> For this reason (or for other reasons that render the marriage null and void) the Church, after an examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal, can declare the nullity of a marriage, i.e., that the marriage was invalid from its beginning. In this case, the contracting parties are free to marry, provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged. -Catechism of the Catholic Church</blockquote>

There may be a fee involved. Not all dioceses ask for money to have an annulment processed. Dioceses that do charge a fee may ask as much as $500 to...
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