I wonder could someone help with this. A recent convert to the CC, a woman, has been married to a catholic man for 15 yrs. He was previously married in the CC and I assume obtained a civil divorce but not an annulment. She has now been informed by her priest that she is not married as her husband did not get an annulment from his previous marriage.
My query is are they still legally married in the law of the land, i.e. the USA, although the CC does not recognise this 15 yr old marriage, within the church? She has been told he must apply for an annulment (which in reality he may not obtain) - so what happens in these situations, is she still married to him by the law of the land or is it totally null and void.