Annullment & Re-marriage

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-24-2003
Annullment & Re-marriage
Sun, 06-15-2003 - 6:52pm

I am not a very religious person, but would like to marry in churce. Since this is a board for those in second marriages, I’m guessing that a few of you had to be in this situation before:

I am dating a wonderful man that has been divorced for ten years. However, he was married in court because his ex-wife was married in church once before. I know if he wanted to marry in church he needs to seek a declaration of nullity. I have heard that it may be VERY LIKELY that an annulment would be granted because he was never married in church and the church would not recognize his marriage since his wife was married once before etc. Do any of you have any input in this???? Thank You !!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-21-2003
Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:21pm
I assume you are talking about the Catholic church. No, even if he was married in court and divorced civilly, his first marriage must be formally annulled before he can remarry in the Church. Furthermore, if you have been married before--even if you are not yourself a Catholic--your first marriage must also be annulled.

My first marriage was not in the Church, either, but it still had to be annulled before I was eligible to remarry in the Church. However, my second husband--who is non-Catholic--was married once before. Because he did not wish to have his first marriage annulled, we could not be married in the Church, even though I had been through the annulment process.

BTW, it usually takes about two years to go through the process, because the Tribunals are very backed up, so expect for it to take a while if you decide to do this. It is possible to be married civilly and then, if the annulment is granted, have the marriage formally blessed by a priest.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2003
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 8:33am
This is my suggestion. Find out whether his marriage was recognized in the church. If his ex-wife's first marriage was not annulled before her second marriage to BF (which is what I think you are saying), the church would not recognize the second marriage. If this is the case, then you should have no problem in getting married in the church and annullment would not be necessary. (I am also Catholic).

Good luck.