I have a cousin who is now in her 50s who has never married. She was engaged in her 20s, but her fiance died of cancer the year they were to be married, and she’s never married since.
Now, she’s dating somebody that I know quite well. That person is divorced. His marriage was one that was contracted civilly in the 1970s. That is, a Judge officiated. That marriage broke up a few years ago and a divorce was finalized last year.
My cousin is a practicing Catholic, and I wonder how that 1970s marriage would be viewed by the Church? Do we regard a wedding contracted in front of a Judge as a valid marriage, such that an annulment would be necessary if this relationship were to go anywhere?