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What exactly is an annulment?

And does every religion require it for divorce and re-marry?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on May. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No not every church. I know Catholics require it. In an annulment they ask a ton of questions o couple and family to find out if their is an undelying reason the marriage didn't work. Then the church "excuses" the marriage like it never happened so you are free to marry again.

    Answer by ria7 at 10:53 AM on May. 4, 2009

  • What type of questions?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 AM on May. 4, 2009

  • My brother got one, but it took more than a yr. They asked questions from so many family/friends of their choice. It was a huge packet about how they interacted, if they had heard any discussions about having children, who didn't want children, was their problems communicating, abuse, sexual relationship problems. In the couples packet it asks a ew questions about frequency..or problems with sex life. It is very complete and addresses every aspect of a relationship. You have to answer in paragraph form.

    Answer by ria7 at 12:04 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • ria7:  I have heard that not only do they ask a ton of questions but they ask for a ton of money too!


    Answer by beeky at 12:12 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • Beeky...idk my brother never mentioned what it cost

    Answer by ria7 at 12:35 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • 17. How much does the annulment procedure cost?
    An ordinary annulment is $500.00 with $100.00 being due at the time the case is submitted. The remainder can be paid in monthly payments. The Diocese of St. Cloud heavily subsidizes the Tribunal. There are many expenses involved in the process and to help defray these expenses you are asked to pay part of the actual costs involved. We will not impose any financial hardship on anyone. If you cannot pay the full amount, please let us know. No case will be turned down due to a person's inability to pay the fee! Your case will be heard just like any other, and in the same amount of time. Money will never influence the work of justice.

    Answer by livingangle at 1:06 PM on May. 4, 2009


    I wonder, is it just Catholics who get annulments from their church?

    Answer by livingangle at 1:07 PM on May. 4, 2009

  • Catholics believe that the bible teaches that a marriage is forever - it cannot be ended until death of one of the spouses. But in order for a valid marriage to occur there needs to be certain things from the beginning. Things like the person has to be free to get married, they have to be able to give consent to the marriage, they have to have an accurate understanding of marriage and what they are committing to. If one of those things is missing, then a valid marriage didn't occur. And so a person can then be free to enter in a valid marriage. During the annulment process there's an investigation into the beginning of the marriage to make sure all the conditions were present - if they were not then the marriage is "null" or not valid. So then an annulment is granted. An annulment is not a Catholic divorce - it doesn't end a marriage. It just declares that a valid marriage didn't occur.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:20 PM on May. 7, 2009

  • As far as I know only the Catholic Church requires an annulment for a divorced person to be validly married. But it's not just Catholics who must get an annulment. If a Catholic wants to marry a divorced non-Catholic Christian - the non-Catholic still needs to get an annulment.

    The Catholic Church assumes that all Christian marriages (not just Catholic ones) are valid. Helpful articles:  "12 Myths about Annulments" and "10 Questions About Annulments".


    Answer by eringobrough at 11:23 PM on May. 7, 2009

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