[quote="Dee_S, post:5, topic:261493"]
If an annulment is granted by the Church it is valid no matter what any other organisation or person claims.
The reason for this is that the 1st court of instance judges the matter (normally the diocese where you live and apply for the annulment), Their findings or ruling is then sent to the 2nd court of instance (normally the Head Diocese of that State). If they both find in favor, then the annulment is granted and is valid. This is because annulments are particularly Reserved to the Holy See (directly under the control/discipline of the Holy Father) and these two courts and the Judicial Vicars etc. are acting on behalf of the Church.
If either rulings differ, the case is referred to The Roman Rota (court in Rome that decides judicial cases, and it is the final court of appeal). Their decision would be final and valid.
At any time during the process, from the beginning of application to the final judgment, any of the party's concerned are entitled to object to their rulings and appeal directly to the Roman Rota.
There is no such thing as an invalid annulment as claimed by the schismatic SSPX (and/or others) who are not in Communion with the Church. ** **Please! The Vatican has NOT declared sspx to be schismatic - therefore YOU are not free to do so.
Even they are 'forced' to accept the validity of annulments granted by 'Rome', due to it being specially reserved to the Holy See. In spite of this, they continue to 'offer' their own annulments, decided by one of their Bishops. In order for them to 'consider' investigating the 'validity' of a marriage, the person approaching them must have a serious 'doubt' that their partners annulment was valid and therefore under the claim of solicitude for souls, they proceed to re-examine the evidence and often find against the ruling of Rome. (How on earth they obtain the necessary evidence, witnesses and documentation is beyond me as the Church would certainly not release any documentation to them, firstly because it has the seal of privacy, and secondly, the Church is not about to allow themselves to be 'second guessed' because they have the God given authority in this matter.)
I would say, trust the Church, as they have the Divine Mission to save souls and what they bind on earth, is bound in Heaven.
"Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven." Matt 18:18