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Why don't more Divorced Catholics seek annulments?

May 4th 2009

  • Unsure how to start - 38.4%
  • Embarrasement - 11.6%
  • Loss of faith - 17.3%
  • Scared - 6.3%
  • Anger - 4.0%
  • Feel it diminishes their children - 22.3%

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May 15th, 2013 - Patrick-972675 said:

Too much damn paperwork!

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May 14th, 2013 - Patricia-497944 said:

I'm just overwhelmed by the paperwork. I want to complete this process, but end up feeling very blue just thinking about it. I took my marriage seriously, and didn't want a divorce. Unfortunately, if one person wants out, then it's over. It's on the to do list, but it's not at the top.

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May 2nd, 2013 - Karen-856326 said:

I could not figure out how to tell 5 children that their father and I were divorcing and had never really been married. What would that do to a child's emotional well-being? I couldn't bring myself to do that to them and so I remained alone for many years. It was not easy but I feel I did the right thing. He died several years ago so I am now free to marry.

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April 23rd, 2013 - Jacques-961161 said:

Because they don't know. I have been divorced for almost three years and I had no clue there was such thing as an annulment. I spoke with the priest of my church only last Sunday, after reading about annulment on this site. He suggested that I live like him and I said absolutely not and quoted 1 Cor 7:8-9 and then Genesis 2:18. Then he explained that it is a long process.

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April 22nd, 2013 - Richard-748304 said:

It is too expensive and embarrassing also time consuming. I also don't know what the proper procedure is and what to expect. dick

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April 14th, 2013 - Meg-920823 said:

I think at first it is thinking there won't be another, so why apply? Then it might be fear of the pain and overwhelmed at the process and scared of the determination.

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Poll Demographics

Unsure how to start (251 votes)
Overall Response
41.0%
Men
41.1%
Women
40.9%
18-25 yr olds
20.0%
26-35 yr olds
37.9%
36-50 yr olds
41.4%
51+ yr olds
43.0%
Embarrasement (56 votes)
Overall Response
9.2%
Men
11.8%
Women
6.5%
18-25 yr olds
40.0%
26-35 yr olds
13.1%
36-50 yr olds
9.1%
51+ yr olds
6.1%
Loss of faith (110 votes)
Overall Response
18.0%
Men
23.0%
Women
13.0%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
20.7%
36-50 yr olds
19.0%
51+ yr olds
15.7%
Scared (46 votes)
Overall Response
7.5%
Men
6.9%
Women
8.1%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
8.3%
36-50 yr olds
8.2%
51+ yr olds
6.5%
Anger (30 votes)
Overall Response
4.9%
Men
4.3%
Women
5.5%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
2.8%
36-50 yr olds
4.7%
51+ yr olds
6.5%
Feel it diminishes their children (119 votes)
Overall Response
19.4%
Men
12.8%
Women
26.0%
18-25 yr olds
40.0%
26-35 yr olds
17.2%
36-50 yr olds
17.7%
51+ yr olds
22.2%