I have read with interest a lot of threads regarding annulments.
I have a question. I know someone with a situation from many years ago, who never got an annulment and for that reason,never receives Holy Communion, and basically feels that she doesn’t belong to the Church anymore. She is not angry and bitter, just sad and adrift.
Her first husband cheated on her. His other woman became pregnant. He left her for the other woman. They were civilly divorced.
I always got the impression that the lack of annulment was due to lack of money. (She never actually said that, I guess she just hinted at it.) Anyway, after reading things on these boards, I think maybe there was no grounds for a decree of nullity?
According to the church, was she supposed to remain married to this man? She had no control over his leaving her, and even if she did, I doubt she would have wanted to remain with him.
She remarried at a JOP and has never received Communion since.