First, please help me offer prayers of thanksgiving for the end of this long process! I recieved my final decree of nullity today, about 15 months after I submitted my petition.
Secondly, because it’s always amazing how much misinformation and misunderstanding there is out there about annulments (especially how they affect the status of children), I want to post this paragraph from the letter that came along with the decree:
“This decree is for spiritual and ecclesiastical purposes only and has no effect whatsoever upon civil law. Any children born of this civilly recognized marriage remain as they have been - the legitimate and fruitful offspring of that union.”
I don’t have kids, but it always pains me to hear of parents who believe the Church has declared their kids illegitimate. I even have an adult friend who still believes, decades after her own parents’ divorce and annulment, that her father’s church calls her a ‘bastard’.