Since having submitted my annulment petition and answers in October of 2010, I have received three letters from the tribunal: (1) receipt of petition acknowledgement (2) consent from diocese of former spouse to hear petition and notice that former spouse and witnesses to be contacted and (3) this week I received notice that the “introductory phase” is complete and that the “instruction phase” is now proceeding. Also, attached was a judge’s decree indicating the formula (grounds) upon which the sacramental study will take place.
The original questionnaire I completed asked me the reasons “I thought” the marriage should be deemed invalid (non-binding). I cited a several grounds which all seemed applicable. The decree I received cites “Intention Against Fidelity” (C.1056 & 1101.2) as the grounds they deem to be present in my questionnaire responses.
What is the “instruction phase” ? How long does it typically last ?
Does anyone have any personal experience with their own annulment petition that could shed some light on my questions?