I am concerned about the annulment process, specifically, the cost. I just found out that an annulment can cost up to $1000 or more (depending on where you live). A couple of months ago, I made an appointment with one of the parish priests to talk about annulment and he was not sure if I even needed one, but he would research it and get back to me. He called me the other day and said he has all the forms I need to fill out and he will walk me through the process. A little background on my divorce. I am Catholic, my ex was not Catholic at the time of our marriage (she was Baptist). We were NOT married in a Catholic Church and NOT by a Catholic priest, but by an Episcopalian priest (compromise issue here). After our marriage, my ex decided to convert (her decision). However, she left the Catholic Church about 10 years into our marriage (she kept it a secret from me until the divorce). My understanding is people get annulments so they can marry again or start dating. I have, at this point, no desire to date or even get married again. My sole purpose of obtaining an annulment is to set my life right in the eyes of God so when my judgment day comes, I’ll be ready. I have a very limited income and cannot afford an annulment (if they cost what I have heard). I can see the questions popping in your head now. How did I pay for the divorce? Well, I did not pay for it, my ex paid for it since she makes considerable more money than I do and the divorce was at her insistence (I did not want the divorce). By the way, she got everything, house, bank account, most household goods, etc. The only thing I came out of this was the cloths on my back and custody of my son, and no, she did not even pay child support. My question is, if I do not get this annulment because I can’t afford it, will I still have a chance at salvation and getting to Heaven?
Thank you all and God Bless,