The rights of both parties

    Any person (petitioner) may submit a petition of invalidity of his or her marriage to a Catholic Church tribunal. The petition must contain the reason(s) why the validity of the marriage is being challenged. The other party (respondent) has a right to be notified of the petition and has a right to address the allegations made by the petitioner. Each of the parties has a right to call witnesses. The tribunal contacts the respondent as well as the witnesses submitted by each party. If a decision given by the tribunal is opposed by either or both parties, both the petitioner and the respondent have the right to appeal the decision to the regular appellate tribunal or to the Roman Rota.  





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