Skip Navigation Links
Year of MercyExpand Year of Mercy
The Light Is OnExpand The Light Is On
Parish NewsExpand Parish News
NW CatholicExpand NW Catholic
Jobs
Calendar
Contact Us
DirectoryExpand Directory
SearchExpand Search
Skip Navigation Links
The ArchdioceseExpand The Archdiocese
Archives & RecordsExpand Archives & Records
Catholic Cemeteries
Catholic SchoolsExpand Catholic Schools
CYO AthleticsExpand CYO Athletics
EcumenismExpand Ecumenism
Ethnic & Pastoral CareExpand Ethnic & Pastoral Care
Faith FormationExpand Faith Formation
Human ResourcesExpand Human Resources
Library/Media CenterExpand Library/Media Center
LiturgyExpand Liturgy
MissionsExpand Missions
Retreat CenterExpand Retreat Center
Safe EnvironmentExpand Safe Environment
StewardshipExpand Stewardship
The TribunalExpand The Tribunal
Vicar for ClergyExpand Vicar for Clergy
Vocations
Youth & Young AdultExpand Youth & Young Adult
Home | The Tribunal | Frequently Asked Questions Email, Print, Bookmark and Share
 

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. This new law goes into effect December 8, 2015.

The current law governing marriage nullity cases remains in effect through December 7, 2015.

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.

 
Frequently Asked Questions on Marriage Nullity
 
FAQs on Marriage and Tribunal Processes
Questions and Answers regarding Marriage and Tribunal Processes. The questions are displayed individually below.
View
FAQs on New Law - Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus
Questions and Answers explaining the changes Pope Francis made to marriage nullity procedures, and how they might affect you. The questions also are listed individually below the questions on Marriage and Tribunal Processes.
View

 
FAQs on Marriage and Tribunal Processes
 
What is marriage?
How does the Catholic Church understand marriage?
View
What marriages are considered valid by the Catholic Church?
View
Does a priest have to be present?
When is a priest required or not required for valid marriage.
View
Is marriage a sacrament?
View
Can non-Catholics receive the Sacrament of Matrimony?
View
What about marriages of persons who are not baptized?
Valid, non-sacramental marriages.
View
How is it possible to declare a marriage invalid?
View
Is marriage forever?
View
What is divorce?
View
Does a Declaration of Invalidity (Annulment) mean that the marriage never happened?
View
more coming soon

 
Sex Abuse and Misconduct Hotline: 1 800 446-7762
| Links  |   Feedback/Errors  |   Privacy Policy  |   Editor Login |