Matrimonial Tribunal Questions
What Is Marriage?
The Catholic Church understands marriage to be a permanent and exclusive partnership for the giving and receiving of love and the procreation and education of children. Those who have been baptized also receive the Sacrament of matrimony, when they marry validly.
The Church believes that every valid, Sacramental marriage that has been consummated is indissoluble. This is the law of God according to evidence found in the Old Testament, the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, the writings of St. Paul, and centuries of Christian tradition.
Although not every marriage is a Sacrament, each and every marriage (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, non-believer, etc.) is presumed to be a valid marriage. The good of all concerned (spouses, children, in-laws, society, the Church, etc.) demands this presumption.
Frequently Asked Questions
How, Then, Is an Annulment Possible?
What Is the Purpose of the Tribunal?
What Is the Study of a Marriage?
How Does the Tribunal Determine if a Marriage Is Invalid?
How Does One Begin a Study?
Are Witnesses Necessary?
What About Special Witnesses?
Honesty Is Absolutely Essential
What About the Former Spouse?
What Is the Next Step?
When Is a Decision Made?
How Long a Period of Time Does the Entire Process Take?
Is Remarriage Within the Catholic Church Allowed?
Are There Any Civil Effects to a Church Annulment?
Is There a Fee for Tribunal Services?