Marriage Nullity (Annulment in the Catholic Church)
The Catholic Church understands marriage as a “covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, and is by its nature directed toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring” (Canon 1055). The marriage is brought about through the consent of the parties who are capable of giving consent (Canon 1057). Sadly, all marriages do not last. Human beings are not perfect and sometimes consent is made under duress or without full understanding of the implications of sacramental marriage. For the good of those who wish to move forward in full communion with the Church, divorced Catholics are welcome to consider the marriage nullity process to determine if the Sacrament of Marriage was contracted validly or invalidly from the beginning. Regardless of the Church’s decision, marriage nullity has nothing to do with the validity of the civil marriage nor does the marriage nullity have any implications for the children of the marriage. Persons wishing to look into this process can first meet with a parish advocate who will help them with the application.