My wife and I are both Catholic, and as I am trying to live by the faith, that means not going to any weddings that are presumed to be invalid. I believe such weddings that would fall into this category would be someone who is divorced but never annulled.
So… my wife’s brother is getting married. He is Catholic. The woman he is marrying is divorced with children. I’m not sure if she is Catholic or some other denomination. I have no idea if she has received an annulment, whether in the Catholic Church (if she was Catholic) or in her Church, (if she was “other”). I am also not certain if they are getting married in the Catholic Church. Although I suppose this could be easy enough to find out.
My question is, how would I know if I would be allowed to attend this wedding and that the marriage was presumed valid if the types of information I would need to know is not readily available or offered? I mean, I don’t just want to ask her if she got an annulment, I barely know her, and I’m not really going to ask her brother. I suppose the only thing I could find out is if they were having a Catholic wedding, which I guess if that were the case, she would have to be annulled, right, since they couldn’t get married in a Catholic Church if she hadn’t. But what if they are not getting married in the CC? How do I know this is valid? She can’t just up and divorce her husband and “remarry”.