Are children of an anulled marriage legitimate?


I was recently asked a question by a non-Catholic friend regarding the Church’s view of children born into a marriage that was later annulled. Basically, they wanted to know whether the Church regarded such children as having been born out of wedlock (i.e illegitimate) in such cases.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

God bless,



The legtimacy of children is dependent on whether the parents have been civily married. Annulment in the Catholic Church is concerned with the sacramentally of a marriage only. So such annulments do not affect the legitimacy of the children at all.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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