Religious vs Civil Annulment

How does civil annulment differ from the Catholic process of obtaining Declarations of Nullity? First off, the standards are different. Religious vs Civil Annulment Standards The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ article, “Annulments (Declarations of Nullity),” explains religious annulment as, “a Church tribunal (a Catholic Church court) declares that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.” Those requirements include: Both spouses are free to marry Each is capable of consenting Free consent Intention to marry for life, be faithful and be Continue Reading…