December 8, 2007 7:39am CST
Ok I have been married, and I have a child from said marriage. that marriage failed. Now I am dating a devout catholic. She is worried that the relationship has no future because I am not religious I am agnostic or deist or Theist or whatever you want to call me. The main issue is that I had not considered getting an annulment, I have no reason not to that I know of, I just don't know much about the practice or how to obtain one. Any one care to go into more detail about annulments? I know the basic concept is that I am admitting to the church that my marriage never truly existed, and since my ex cheated on me and never communicated our problems I have no problem saying it was never really a true marriage, but what are the details and is there a reason a church might deny it?
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• United States
9 Dec 07
First, were you married in the catholic church? If not then no worries- the catholic church does not recognize a marriage unless it took place in a catholic church and the ceremony was performed by a catholic priest. My bigger concern here is- are you really willing to convert to catholicism for this woman? It must really be love. That is a huge step, and I hope that you realize all that the catholic church brings with it. Do your homework because no matter how much you love this woman, no one is worth going against your beliefs.
• United States
8 Dec 07
Well it's not that easy to get an annulment via the catholic church. I've known a couple of couples who have done so and it takes a lot of paper work and a lot of time not to mention there are fees involved. They have grounds for it and you have to not only meet them but show proof of it, witnesses help for that. I am curious though since you are agnostic was your marriage in the Catholic Church, blessed by or recognized by it? If it wasn't then you don't need an annulment from them because they wouldn't consider it valid in either case. Something to check on.