I have searched and haven’t found quite what I’m looking for, so please accept my apologies if this question has already been asked.
A little background first …
My husband and I have been married to each other for 11 years. We have 2 girls and are active in our local Catholic Church. I am Catholic, my husband is not, and we are committed to raising our girls in the faith. I teach 2nd grade CCD and I work every day to bring the values of Catholicism in to our family (and of course, deal with the challenges that make it difficult on a day to day basis in today’s society). My husband and I fall in love with each other more and more every day and we both have finally "got the picture"
with what the sacrament of marriage really means. I joke that my husband is more Catholic than I am, but I’m not in to pressuring him to convert from his opinionated, struggling views of Christianity. With all that said …
we both have past Catholic marriages that we are in the process of getting decreed null, in order to move forward with our own union in the church and to continue teaching our children by example, what a solid, faithbased marriage is about (we’ve also used our situation as an example of what poor choices can do to complicate matters as you go thru life). :o
My question is this … we have written our summary’s, the Tribunal has sent questionaires to the witnesses listed, and everyone on my side has been extremely helpful, thoughtful, and timely in their responses (with maybe the exception of my ex-husband, who I haven’t heard from during the process). People on my husbands side have not been as helpful. In fact, his exwife (who is the Catholic) has been downright ugly and none of his witnesses have even responded. What kind of impact with this have on the Tribunal’s decision?
And, that leads me to one more question … what happens if one of the petitions is denied? I can not imagine going thru my life without being a participant of my parish, raising my children in the faith, or without my husband. Would the Tribunal even put me in that position? Is that within the realm of logic?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much!