Effects of a Declaration of Invalidity by a Catholic Tribunal
A declaration of invalidity permits both parties to prepare to marry in the Catholic Church. No civil effects are connected to a declaration of invalidity issued by a Catholic Church tribunal. Children born of a marriage that is later declared invalid are considered legitimate civilly and canonically. Civil matters regarding child custody, child support and alimony, as well as the divorce itself, must be resolved before the petition for invalidity is submitted to the Church tribunal.