So here’s a scenario:
A young woman who was never brought up in any type of religion gets married at an early age… maybe 18 or 19.
She is married to the man for 3 years but then they get divorced due to irreconcilable differences… something that is common when people get married very young and then change a lot once they mature more.
So the two get divorced, and since they have no children they go their separate ways and never see/hear from each other again.
Several years later, the woman, being close to 30 now and more mature, meets the man she believes she is meant to be with. They get married and quickly begin having children. Fast forward 15 years and the couple has 3 children and a healthy, happy marriage.
The woman discovers Catholicism and wants to get baptized and go through RCIA. She tries getting an annulment from her very short first marriage, but is not granted one.
Is she then required to leave the man who is the father of her children and whom she has been “married” to for almost 20 years?? Would it be morally permissible for her to stay with her current spouse as to not break up the family? What should she do in this case?
Thank you for the responses.