Is it all worthwhile?

For many, the Tribunal process may have challenging and painful moments. However, as well as a legal procedure, many applicants find that the process itself can be an experience of healing as an opportunity to reflect on the reasons for the breakdown of their previous relationship, develop greater understanding and a sense of closure.

Importantly, an annulment does not declare that the spouses never really loved each other, nor that the divorce was more the fault of one party than the other, nor that one party is a better person than the other. The important thing to remember in initiating the process is that our experienced staff care about what has happened to you.

Moreover, whether a decree of nullity be issued or not, the decision should bring peace of mind to the parties who have been wondering or questioning whether the Church would regard the marriage in question as binding for life or not.

Naturally, decrees of nullity bring many the satisfaction of being able to celebrate a planned remarriage in the Catholic Church, or to have another marriage (already entered) validated and recognised by the Church. But even those who petition unsuccessfully for a decree of nullity can at least make their future plans informed with a clear understanding of their marital status as far as the Tribunal can determine.