Frequently Asked Questions
On September 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued new law governing Marriage Cases Processes. This law is presented in two documents,
Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus
(for the Latin Church) and Mitis et misericors Iesus
(for the Eastern Rite Churches),
which are available on the Vatican website, in Latin and Italian only. The new law goes into effect December 8, 2015.
The current law governing marriage nullity cases remains in effect through December 7, 2015.
The facts below reflect
this current law. New information to include and reflect the new law will be provided here in the near future.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Individual
circumstances vary, and may require a more detailed answer. If you do not find
the answers to your questions, or desire further detail, contact the
Tribunal at 206-382-4830 or 800-950-4926 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday to speak with a member of the Tribunal staff.
Yes, if both spouses are validly baptized, the marriage is a sacrament.