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Old Apr 28, '11, 7:35 pm
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Hello to all,

I am so hoping I can get some help on this. I was a practicing catholic when I met my ex-husband 19 years ago and he was a non-practicing baptist. I was married in a parish hall at a baptist church by a church of God preacher. I didn't formally leave my church or join any other church. I am hoping to remarry in a catholic ceremony. Is my previous marriage considered valid or invalid? Where can I get validation of the answer?

Thank you in advance to anyone that can direct me in the right direction....
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Old Apr 28, '11, 7:44 pm
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Hello to all,

I am so hoping I can get some help on this. I was a practicing catholic when I met my ex-husband 19 years ago and he was a non-practicing baptist. I was married in a parish hall at a baptist church by a church of God preacher. I didn't formally leave my church or join any other church. I am hoping to remarry in a catholic ceremony. Is my previous marriage considered valid or invalid? Where can I get validation of the answer?

Thank you in advance to anyone that can direct me in the right direction....
When you got married, had you seen your priest and done everything that is required of a Catholic for her to get married outside the Church? If not, then your marriage is likely invalid due to lack of canonical form.

If that is the case, you present the marriage certificate, or more likely a certified copy of the registration of marriage (which shows the specific location of the wedding and the officiant), a recent copy of your baptismal certificate (which should show no marriage) and your divorce papers to your pastor who will likely forward everything to the Marriage Tribunal and that should be it -- a few weeks and you get notice of freedom to marry.
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Old Apr 28, '11, 10:11 pm
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If your marriage is deemed valid and you are now divorced then you need to apply for an annulment. They are not as easy to get as they once were. (70's -90's). There will be costs involved that vary from Diocese to Diocese.

As my first grade teacher used to say, "stay within the lines".
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Old Apr 29, '11, 6:37 am
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I am so hoping I can get some help on this. I was a practicing catholic when I met my ex-husband 19 years ago and he was a non-practicing baptist. I was married in a parish hall at a baptist church by a church of God preacher. I didn't formally leave my church or join any other church.
It sounds as though you married outside Catholic form without permission from the bishop to do so. This would be an invalid attempt at marriage.

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I am hoping to remarry in a catholic ceremony. Is my previous marriage considered valid or invalid?
It appears to be invalid. So, what you do is make an appointment with your priest and follow his instructions. You will need a declaration of freedom to marry-- this is a paperwork process. You will submit your marriage license, baptismal records (you or the priest obtains that from your baptismal parish, it will have the parish seal on it), and your divorce decree, plus a form. This all goes to the diocese. It takes a couple of months, typically.


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Where can I get validation of the answer?
Step 1, go see your priest and get the process started.
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Old Apr 29, '11, 3:59 pm
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See your priest and your priest will walk you through this. God bless.
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Old Apr 29, '11, 4:14 pm
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While the case may seem "obvious," the only people who can rule definitively are the members of your Marriage Tribunal.

Get an appointment with your parish priest to find out how to get started. I feel sure that you will have good news in a short while - but let them make the final decision.
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Old Apr 29, '11, 11:13 pm
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[quote=corsair;7814121]If your marriage is deemed valid and you are now divorced then you need to apply for an annulment. They are not as easy to get as they once were. (70's -90's). There will be costs involved that vary from Diocese to Diocese.


If I may, an annulment, more accurately called a Decree of Nullity, is a statement that a marriage is not (never was) valid in the eyes of the Church. Thus, a "marriage deemed valid" could never be "annulled."

As was pointed out above, it may be that your marriage was not valid because it did not follow the requirements of the Church (lack of canonical form) and you could be granted a Decree of Nullity and then be free to remarry.

More importantly, as also was advised above, for a definitive answer for your specific situation the place to start is your local priest.
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Old Apr 30, '11, 4:12 am
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You get definite answer through your Catholic parish.

For the validity of the marriage of a Catholic the witnessing of the parish priest is required (marriage in Catholic Church) Your marriage is almost certainly invalid, but the decision belong to the Church. Contact your parish.
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