• What length of time do you need to be married in order for the marriage to be anulled? If the marriage was abusive can it be anulled?
  • The Catholic Church believes that God does not recognize civil divorces. Jesus said, "Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." (Mark 10:9) However there may be hope of a declaration of nullity. The term "annulment" is a misnomer because the Church does not undo or erase a marriage bond. Rather the Church issues a declaration of nullity when it discovers that the parties were not truly joined by God and hence a full spiritual sacramental marriage as understood by the Church was not present. Then the parties are free to marry for the first time. Grounds for nullity include: + Either one or both of the spouses were not baptized persons during the time of marriage + An unauthorized marriage by a Catholic before someone other than a designated priest or deacon + A marriage where one of the spouses had an impediment such as a previous marriage and civil divorce + A marriage where there was a deficiency in consent or the ability of one or both the spouses The procedure is the same whether or not there are children in the marriage. If a declaration of nullity is granted then the children are still considered legitimate and retain all legal rights (Canon 1137). With love in Christ.
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