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 persons who knew both you and your ex-spouse before the marriage. The children of the marriage are almost never involved as witnesses and even then this applies only to those who are adults.
  4. Your former spouse will be contacted and invited to participate in the process by being interviewed and possibly naming witnesses. The case can still proceed without the ex-spouse's participation or approval.
  5. The witnesses will be interviewed. All the material will be evaluated by a Defender of the Bond, a canon lawyer who defends the bond of marriage by raising any reasonable objections to granting a Declaration of Nullity.
  6. The case will be studied by one to three judges appointed by the Church who decide if the marriage is null or valid, based on all the information provided.
  7. You and your ex-spouse will be notifed by mail of the decision and given a specific time period to appeal it.
  8. The case will be forwarded to the Canadian Appeal Tribunal which reviews it and either confirms or overturns the first Tribunal's decision.
  9. Both parties will again be notified by mail of the Canadian Appeal Tribunal's decision. Even if the marriage is declared null and void, there is no automatic permission for either party to remarry in the Catholic Church. In many of the annulments that are granted, restrictions are placed on either the applicant or ex-spouse regarding remarriage in a Catholic Church, such as having to consult or obtain consent from the local Ordinary beforehand or requiring the bishop's consent. This is because the Church must be reasonably assured, in the interest of upholding the dignity of marriage, that any new marriage would not suffer the same condition which made the first marriage invalid.

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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