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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.

FAQs on Marriage and Tribunal Processes
FAQs on Marriage and Tribunal Processes
Pdf with Questions and Answers to general questions regarding Marriage and Tribunal Processes. The individual questions are displayed below.
FAQs on New Law - Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus [The Gentle Judge, the Lord Jesus], a document revising the marriage nullity process. News outlets have reported a great deal of misinformation about the changes. This FAQ discusses the changes and how they might affect you.
What is marriage?
How does the Catholic Church understand marriage?
What marriages are considered valid by the Catholic Church?
Does a priest have to be present?
When is a priest required or not required for valid marriage.
Is marriage a sacrament?
Can non-Catholics receive the Sacrament of Matrimony?
What about marriages of persons who are not baptized?
Valid, non-sacramental marriages.
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