In my research on marriage and what is a sacramental marriage I haven’t been able to find the answer to a couple of questions. A quick disclaimer here - this is NOT my situation, my marriage case was determined several months ago.
If a Catholic man and a baptized woman are married in the Catholic Church, a first marriage for both, no mental illness or defect, participated in marriage prep, all the things that appear to make a sacramental marriage are present, what could be grounds for an annulment? The couple was married for a little over 20 years, have three children, and while she is not a Catholic she is a practicing Christian. They divorced 2-3 years ago and he now wants to marry his girlfriend. She is not Catholic and is also divorced. I don’t know much about her previous marriage or life before meeting him.
My concern is she doesn’t know much about the Catholic faith and truly believes he will marry her. She doesn’t really understand the concept of marriage as a covenant. He just avoids the subject, thinking somehow it will all go away.
Does anyone know of situations or cases where there appeared to be a sacramental marriage and an annulment was granted?