The Church teaches that the bond of marriage is permanent.
However, in contemporary society, divorce is a reality that is challenging and often an extremely difficult experience to all involved.
But divorce does not bring marriage to an end and a properly celebrated marriage is presumed valid, unless proven otherwise by the competent authority – The Marriage Tribunal.
An annulment is not the Catholic version of a divorce.
Rather, it is a declaration by the Church, after the Tribunal’s formal inquiry stating that at the time of consent, where vows were exchanged, at least one of the parties lacked an intention or capability required to establish the binding commitment of marriage as understood by the Catholic Church.
In making this declaration, the Church does not deny that a real relationship existed, nor does it imply that the relationship was entered with ill will or moral fault.
Also, the declaration of nullity does not affect the legitimacy of children from the union.
The Marriage Tribunal, through its formal inquiry, is seeking the truth in justice, in mercy and in love.
Not to place the blame or establish a guilty party.
For those seeking an annulment, it should be a process that involves healing and spiritual growth. It's not easy, but we will help you and guide you, and support you in prayer.