Yes, that's true.
Yes and no. I've been through the annullment process. The Church believes nothing that happens AFTER the vows are spoken can invalidate a valid marriage. So the investigation surrounds the time period around the ceremony. And the Church requires proof.
I new that the idea was to prove that somehow the participant was not able to make a vow/covenant. A family member has gone through it. That person will not help me, from what I can gather when I talked with her.
I started one recently, but have to fill out the papers and send them in. It looks like it's very serious business. Not sure what I will do, since the marriage split in '93 and the divorce was finalized in '97.
Never got an annulment before the second one, but was married by a Presbyterian minister the second time, so I wasn't worried about the annulment, just the state's divorce laws.
I had to submit a 19 page questionnaire that was quite detailed. I also had to submit the names of 5 Witnesses who would give their own testimony. And I needed copies of arrest records, psych records, counseling reports, etc. There were also in person interviews. The process took 21 months.
Would be interesting to hear the story. I did not know how very serious it was until I received the paperwork and looked at it. I do not know if I even have 5 witnesses for any of it. I may not be able to get the annulment. Who knows? It's a Jubilee year, as well.
When I had my annullment, the case was reviewed and judged by a local Tribunal and then that was reviwed by a second Tribunal.
Now, since Pope Francis streamlined the process and only the ruling of one Tribunal is required, the process should take less time.
I hope it's easier. I'd like to put it behind me.
What bugs me is, I wonder what it means to my children? Probably nothing.