I am a practicing Catholic and recently started dating a non-Catholic. I have broken up with men in the past due to my faith. I recently started dating a man who is not Catholic, and does not belong to another religion, but is very respectful of my beliefs. He is willing to be married in the Catholic Church and for me to raise any future kids Catholic. The problem is he was married a long time ago. His former wife was Catholic but they were not married in the Catholic Church but they went through marriage preparation. How do I determine if his former marriage would still be considered valid by the Catholic Church?
I have never been married before and I am 35. I want to make sure this person is eligible to be married in the Catholic Church before the relationship evolves further. He said he would apply for an annulment if needed but I know there is no guarantee the marriage would be annulled, if it was ever valid.
Does anyone know where I could go for additional information on this? Separately, I am very aware of the challenges that come from dating, and possibly marrying a non-Catholic. I am not looking for advice on whether to continue dating him. I am looking for advice on how to determine if his former marriage is considered valid.