What do you guys think about this quesion asked on the “Ask an Apologist” board.
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http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon1.gif Is a marriage valid if a Catholic couple plans to disregard contraception rules?
A Catholic friend is planning to marry her Catholic boyfriend in a Catholic wedding. She is adamant that after she has some children (not sure yet how many) she will either get a tubal ligation or ask her husband to get a vasectomy. She does not intend to raise the matter with the priest beforehand. Will the marriage be a valid one or is this grounds for an annulment?
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http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon1.gif Re: Is a marriage valid if a Catholic couple plans to disregard contraception rules?
In this case, the issue is not so clear-cut as it would be in the case of someone planning never to have children. Your friend is planning to have children, but is also planning to cut off her openness to life after she has the number of children she wants. Since I am not a canon lawyer, I can only recommend that you call your diocese’s marriage tribunal and ask for an assessment of the situation.