My boyfriend and I are both Catholics and considering the prospect of marriage in the future. He has, however, been married before and there is some question over whether he would need an annulment before we could get married.
As far as I can make out, for a Catholic to have a sacramentally valid marriage they need to be married in front of a priest or have a special dispensation from a bishop. My boyfriend had a civil ceremony with a registrar and this marriage was never blessed by a priest. We have discussed it and he certainly has grounds for applying for an annulment (was very young, pressured into marriage by family as his girlfriend was pregnant after a couple of weeks, never wanted to go through with it etc.) but I am not sure that that is necessary based on the above logic.
I am very keen that we take marriage seriously as a sacrament and value highly getting married in the Church in a state of grace. I would be therefore very grateful for any help with this.