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I have not personally heard of any cases where the first Decree of nullity was granted but the final Annulment was not. When I went through the annulment process I was told that it could occur. Prayers for you during this time that I referred to as the wait and pray period.
Thank you Barbara for your prayers. I recieved the Declaration of Nullity today.
I was told that the Court of Second Instance rarely overturns a positive result by the First Court.. But they will sometimes overturn a negative.. I believe that has happened in the case of one of our men here..
Thank you Donna. Your response did give me hope and I recieved my final decree today.
I echo what a few have already said. Rarely does the second decree render a different decision. But the annulment process is a serious thing and to be able to move forward with complete confidence and freedom to marry, you need to appreciate the fact that the tribunal goes to great lengths to be certain.
Since the decree in the second instance takes a much shorter time to receive, I would focus on finding out where God wants to lead you next so you'll already be on the right path when you get your letter.
My prayers for you!
Thank you for your response and prayers. I agree the annulment process does take a long time, in my case about 5 years. The second decree took less than 6 months and it is nice to be finally free from the bond of marriage.
5 years? That, in my opinion (note: I didn't say 'humble'), is unconscionable.
I was told the time frame in the archdiocese of Toronto is about 3-4 years. This could be due to the large number of applications recieved. In my case I did not follow up or rush the tribunal as I was not sure if I wanted to marry again.
We do not know the details, perhaps it took her a lot of time to initiate the process before the Tribunal received it. Of course, I have heard of unfortunate stories, which is why it is so important for the petitioner to manage the entire process, i.e., keep in contact with the Tribunal every few months to see what's going on, and if they have everything that they need.
My parish priest was all I had, to talk to in person during my seperation and divorce, and he encourgaed me to file my paperwork for the annulment as soon as my divorce was final. Yes... I did not follow up with the tribunal as I was busy with a full time job and part time studies.
I am hoping to get some input on the questions I have. I recieved a Declaration of nullity from the Catholic Marriage Tribunal in Toronto, but the decision is not final as the case must be submitted to the Canadian Appeal Tribunal for review. It has taken 5 years to get to this point.It also states that no date can be set for a future marriage in the Catholic Church until the decision of the Appeal Tribunal is made.In the Toronto Archdiocese there is a second or re-marriage preperation course usually required, and can be started right now if you hope to marry in the near future. Is it possible to hope to marry in the near future when I am not allowed to date ? The tribunal and my parish preist told me that I can date and build freinships but cannot marry in the Catholic Church until the Annulment is final. Do you know of any situations where the first Decree of nullity was granted but the final Annulment was not ?
- Your case now goes to the next Tribunal, usually in a different area, for review. This is called the Second Instance.
- The Second Instance is not an automatic approval. In fact, the Second Instance is reviewing the first decision for validity.
- They could deny the first decision, although that is not very frequent. If they uphold it, a Decree of Nullity will be issued.
- They may send the Decree to you directly, so you can have it on hand if you decide to remarry (you can then present it to the parish), or,
- They may put a stipulation that they will hold your Decree on file. If you and a potential spouse decide to marry, you will have to go to them for an assessment of your relationship. Usually, this is an attempt to improve the chances that a Sacramental marriage will succeed. If you as a couple pass the assessment, the Decree will be issued to you so that you can give it to the church where you will be married.
- If you do not pass the assessment, then you would not be allowed to marry in the Church for the time being. More work will be needed.
Basically, you are considered married in the eyes of the Church until your formal Decree of Nullity is issued after the Second Instance, to you, or held on file. So, in your case, your case is still in process and you are considered to be married in the eyes of the Church. If the Second Instance approves the first decision, you will eventually get a letter about the end status of your case. Either you will have a Decree of Nullity, or you won't. Either you will still be considered married to your former spouse, or you won't and your marriage will be annulled - only after the Second Instance will this be determined.
This is pretty much straight out of one of my posts in another thread in this forum, "court of first instance"
www.catholicmatch.com You might want to read that one too.
I hope this helps.