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Marriage, entanglements, and Declarations of Nullity

There’s a perception about “getting an annulment” that the Judicial Vicar wants people to move away from–you just have to visit the Marriage Tribunal “thinking it’s as easy as requesting an ID card” and you will get it in seven working days.

“Even using the word ‘annulment’ is a misnomer,” said Fr Roger Paponette.

It’s a Declaration of Nullity, a decree from a judge that declares the marriage is invalid based on testimonies. The decision is taken on “proper solid ground” after gathering information which takes time, he said.

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