I am converting to Catholicism and have a bit of a…strange and hard to follow situation I’d like opinions on. I have bullet pointed some things that I believe will be key factors in peoples responses. Again, bear with me, I know this is strange.
-Both my wife and I are non-Catholics
-I am a baptized (Southern Baptist), she was baptized in a Baptist church but has no certificate. I do.
-All marriages were civil ceremonies done by either judges or in the final case, a small town Mayor (legal in my state).
-My wife and I have only ever been married to each other, and minus the 6-7 months we were not together or living together, have been with each other for 17 years.
-I haven’t had the chance to discuss it with my priest as of yet.
So, my wife and I married for the first time at 19. As can be imagined, issues cropped up, we divorced for approximately 3 months. We got remarried.
About a year later due to some mental health issues on her part that came to light, we divorced again. Again, about 3-4 months went by, we remarried.
There was a period of relative stability before divorcing again. This time, we realized that a pattern was emerging, and stayed together but did not remarry.
After four or five years of bring together but not marriage, we got remarried for the last time and all has been right sense. This makes 3 divorces and 4 remarriages total.
Though it isn’t a defense, we were incredibly immature for a very long time and did not take marriage seriously, as we do now. We had our children early, her mental health issues, and other things that we let get in the way of our relationship and divorce was all to easy of a solution. As we got older and matured, we realized marriage was a serious commitment and we finally made it in 2013 and have not looked back.
With all that being said, my question is in relation to coming into the Church. As all my marriages were civil only and to the same person, based on what I can find and understand, there is no reason for any annulment or anything else to take place prior to coming into the Church. However, I am by no means an expert and don’t know for sure.
Could anyone shed anymore light on this? I know it’s complicated, but I appreciate any advice or comments. Thank you!