[quote="ebonykawai, post:10, topic:274802"]
From what I've read, something like 85% of annullments are granted, though a percentage get screened and never go forward. It certainly would be a challenge. I suppose the couple would need to determine just how dedicated they are to the Catholic faith. They certainly wouldn't HAVE to go through this at all. Not everyone is completely dedicated to the Church, or even if they are quite dedicated, they wouldn't want to sacrifice to the degree that this would be.
Well according to the letter of the law, the women would be an adulterous living in constant sin, and the man would be in sin too because since they aren't actually married he'd be guilty of premarital sex.
So yes, according to the letter of the law the couple would be required to separate, and the man would be free to go on and date/marry another woman.
However, I'm willing to bet the vast majority of priests out there would tell her to go on living with this man as her husband... and even most of you here have seemed to respond to the question as being kind of a grey issue.
I guess the real question then that I'm trying to get at here is, how many other moral teachings should be taken this way? How many of them should be this strict, and how many should be taken with a grain of salt and seen as a grey issue?