Let me start by saying I have reached out to our Diocese but I’m also posting here because I’m trying to get some feedback.
I’m trying to understand exactly where my husband and I stand with the Church and remarriage… We are currently legally divorced, but want to remarry each other.
We were legally (& secretly) married by a Justice of the Peace in Feb 1994.
In Oct 1994, we were publicly married in a non-denominational Church before family and friends. At that time, we were not Catholic.
In 2001, we converted to Catholicism and underwent RCIA, Baptism, and Communion. However, we never had our marriage convalidated.
In Sept 2011, we sadly divorced. Our divorce actually became final a mere 2 months after initial filing.
A year later, we reconciled. We have been back together (living together) since Nov 2012. We have never been married to anyone else but each other.
Now we want to get legally married again - to each other. Because my Catholic faith is important to me, I want this ceremony to happen in the Church. But I’m terrified they will say ‘No!’ because we were legally divorced.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Will the Church require an annulment? Will they say our original marriage to each other was never valid anyway because it wasn’t convalidated? Or will they simply say we are already considered ‘married’ because the Church doesn’t recognize divorce?
Terrified and Confused…