[quote="sophies_mommy01, post:9, topic:188825"]
I also want to say what a wonderful attitude you have in this process. It really is a blessing to read such positive attitude on the forums, rather than people being so frustrated.
I am embarking on the RCIA process in September, and have been twice civilly divorced, both from non-Catholics. Looking at the chart that 1ke provided (thanks for that!), I am looking at the Formal or Petrine process for one or both of my previous marriages. I am living celibately, in no relationship etc, so I hope to be received into the Church next Easter Vigil 2011, and have no intention of remarrying...but over the last few days, after praying many rosaries, I have come to understand that God wants me to have both marriages declared null, and I am getting my paperwork together.
I send you many blessings for your journey.
If you qualify for the Petrine Privilege which is because either you or your previous spouse was non-Christian, than you cannot receive this "favor of the Faith" until/unless you are engaged to be married or preparing to enter religious life. One of the "possible" denials is if you are intending to marry another un-baptized person; I didn't have that problem as **I **was the unbaptized party.
For the OP too you really ought to make sure that you attempt the correct form; as in, if you or your previous spouse were unbaptized you should be looking into the Petrine Privilege. This is important because it does not look at the validity of the marriage at the time of your vows, it dissolves a NATURAL marriage. I was told by one of the priests helping me that he has known people who thought it would be easier to apply for the decree of nullity in this circumstance and was denied because there was not enough evidence. I don't know if this would be an issue for you, but I think it's much better to do the appropriate paperwork.