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Even with the good intentions of both partners, marriages are not always successful. This can be true even when the family is well established and the marriage has lasted many years. Once a marriage is entered into by two people of faith—whether Catholic, Protestant, or of another non-Christian belief system—it is presumed to be a valid and binding union. 

The Catholic Church has established procedures that a couple must follow when petitioning for an annulment. Primarily, a civil court must divorce a couple before they can attain an annulment.

Documents You Will Need:

  • A formal annulment petition through the church
  • Copies of the baptismal certificates of all Catholic parties involved
  • A copy of the civil marriage license
  • A copy of the church marriage certificate
  • A copy of the divorce decree certified or signed by the Judge
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