Initiating the Petition for a Declaration of Invalidity

A petitioner may approach a parish priest, deacon, pastoral minister or tribunal aide to begin the process. The parish minister serves and assists the petitioner in preparing the initial statement to the tribunal that includes information regarding biographical data of both individuals, a history of the relationship, and an explanation of the difficulties experienced. The petitioner is asked to include the names and addresses of several witnesses – individuals who are familiar with the difficulties present in the courtship and marriage. The testimony of credible witnesses is essential in resolving the issue of an alleged invalid marriage.




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