Marriage Tribunal

"The annulment process offers healing and a second chance at marriage in the Catholic Church."

The Catholic Church protects Jesus' teaching about the sacredness and permanence of marriage. But the Church also provides justice for anyone whose marriage has failed when it can be proven that the marriage lacked from the beginning some essential element for atrue sacramental bond.

An Annulment (properly known as a Declaration of Nullity) is a…

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Does getting an annulment make my children illegitimate?

No. The children of a couple who obtains a Declaration of Nullity are still legitimate because the the Declaration of Nullity does not destroy the legal validity of the marriage. It simply declares that in the eyes of the Church, the marriage was not sacramental because the essential elements were not there and no true bond was ever established.…

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Is it confidential?

Yes. All Tribunal employees have taken an oath of confidentiality. Your family members, witnesses, or parish priest will not be given access to your confidential file.…

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How long will an annulment take?

In the Diocese of Prince Albert, the process usually takes a year to a year and a half, but depends on the availability of witnesses, the cooperation of the parties, and the grounds for the case. A new marriage in the Catholic Church cannot take place until a Declaration of Nullity is granted.

Applicants are reminded that there is no guarantee that a Declaration of Nullity will be granted because…

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Doesn't the Catholic Church "look down" on divorced people?

No. While upholding the sacredness and permanence of marriage, the Catholic Church knows the reality of separation and divorce and tries to reach out to those who are struggling with the pain of a marriage that has broken down. Divorced Catholics are considered full members of the church and have the right to holy communion. However, if they remarry without having obtained an annulment or if they are living in…

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How much will an annulment cost?

The entire process costs the Church approximately $2,500. To help defray the expenses involved in processing a case, the applicant's fees are $800, payable in four instalments. Applicants are never turned away because of an inability to pay.…

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How do I apply for an Annulment?

  1. Contact your parish priest or the Marriage Tribunal for a Preliminary Investigation form to fill out and return to our office. Required documents are your baptism, marriage and divorce certificates.
  2. You will then be interviewed at the Marriage Tribunal office and asked for a chronological review of what happened in your courtship and marriage.
  3. You will be asked to provide the names and addresses of witnesses (usually three) -- especially…

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Do I have to be divorced before applying for an annulment?

No. You can apply for a Declaration of Nullity before your divorce has been granted if the Tribunal is assured there is no possibility of reconciliation between you and your spouse. The application can be accepted before the civil divorce is final, but no formal processing of a case takes place until a copy of the divorce certificate is obtained by the Tribunal.…

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Does my "ex" have to be notified if I apply for an annulment?

Yes. Because of Human Rights, both parties of the marriage are given the same opportunity to provide input as the Tribunal tries to determine the facts of a marriage breakdown. If the former spouse ignores or refuses the invitation, however, the process can still continue. You will not be required to have any direct contact with your former spouse.…

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Contacts

For general information about the Diocese of Prince Albert, please contact us at:
  info (@) padiocese.ca
 (306) 922-4747
 (306) 922-4754
 1415 - 4th Ave. West, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 5H1
Weekdays: 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm

 

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