Declaration of Nullity
“The consent [of marriage partners] must be an act of the will of each of the contracting parties, free of coercion or grave external fear. No human power can substitute for this consent. If this freedom is lacking the marriage is invalid. For this reason (or for other reasons that render the marriage null and void) the Church, after an examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal, can declare the nullity of a marriage, i.e., that the marriage never existed. In this case the contracting parties are free to marry, provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged.” (CCC 1628-1629).
What is a declaration of nullity?
A declaration of nullity (also referred to as an “annulment” or a “declaration of invalidity”) is a statement of the Catholic Church that despite the good intentions of both parties, on the day of the wedding, when the couple exchanged their vows, one or more of the elements which the Church considers essential for a valid marriage was lacking.
Nashville Diocesan Tribunal: http://dioceseofnashville.com/tribunal
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Director of Religious Education