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Why do I need an annulment?

First, we must explore the Church’s understanding of Marriage as a sacrament. Jesus taught the indissolubility of marriage and we believe that no human being may break the bond or covenant made by God between the husband and wife. However in order for the marriage bond to be established by God, at the time of their marriage, the couple must know what marriage is and must promise to make the marriage lifelong and open to children. They must intend fidelity and their mutual good and must also have the physical and psychological ability and personal maturity to follow through on what they have intended. If all of these factors are brought together, a sacramental, indissoluble union is established by God. However, there are times when some elements necessary for the establishment of the marriage bond were missing. When this is the case, it is clearly possible to have two persons, legally married, but never actually joined together by God in a sacramental union. An annulment states that the sacramental bond of marriage was never present from the very beginning of the marriage. If this is decided by the Church, an annulment is granted and the person is free to marry again and participate fully in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.

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