Just wanted to share what’s been going on with my annulment process.
A couple of months ago I met with the priest in charge of the Tribunal office in my diocese and I gave him my paperwork. I set this appointment and traveled all that way because I wanted to explain the situation, it was too hard to write it down and have it make sense. I made sure he also knew that I didn’t have a divorce decree yet as I explained what had happened.
He explained to me that it sounded like the marriage was never valid, and that he would be requesting my marriage file from the church where we’d gotten married to read the interview questions/answers. He also said, like many here had informed me, that if that was the case then it was merely a paperwork issue:extrahappy:. I was so relieved to hear that:clapping:, he said it wouldn’t be the same process as a typical annulment case cause he was not free to marry in the first place.
He said that the the steps would be the request of my marriage file, then they would ask permission from the diocese where we married for my diocese to follow through with the annulment request, once permission was received they would send him a letter stating that I was seeking the annulment and then they would request the annulment file from the diocese in California where he started the annulment process.
I, of course, thought none of this would start until I had a divorce decree, because the priest told me that they had to wait to have that first. So imagine my surprise when my son-to-be ex husband asked me what I wanted him to do with the annulment papers he had received:eek:. I told him that I didn’t care what he did with them, he could fill them out, burn them, throw them away, etc., he sounded surprised that he had received them:rolleyes:, whatever!!!
Then about a day later I went to my mailbox and got a letter from the diocese, an update on their investigation. According to our marriage file he answered “no” to the “have you ever been married” question:eek:, yet when they looked at our marriage license it said that he had, in fact, been married, they also mention that they don’t understand how the priest missed this:confused:. They wrote that the next step was requesting the annulment file that is in California:thumbsup:!!!
I am still in shock (and very happy) since I don’t have a divorce decree yet and the process has started and is moving forward. I wonder if it’s because they could see from the get go that the marriage shouldn’t have taken place to begin with:shrug:. What do you all think?