Is it possible that a one party of Catholic couple that has been married in the Church can get the marriage annulled without the other knowing about it? A devout Catholic couple married in the Church got divorced, because they were always fighting. One year later the woman became engaged to be married again. Her ex-husband, a close friend of mine, was very surprised, because he said that he did not think either of them could get married in the Church again unless the first marriage was annulled, and he was never notified.
This situation provide several questions: 1. Is it still Church doctrine that a Catholic marriage must be annulled before either party can get remarried in the Church?
2. Can one of the couple get the marriage annulled without the other being notified?
3. How can my friend find out if his marriage has either been annulled or is in the process of being annulled?