The list below is to help you clarify what exactly declares a marriage null. One of these must be present to declare a marriage null.
Marriage Declared Null:
This list are reasons to declare a marriage null.
- No intention, when marrying, to have offspring
- Deception of one party by the other in order to get consent, and if the other had been aware of the truth, would not have consented to get married
- Abduction with the intent to force marriage
- Failure to adhere to canon law for marriages
- Impediment of Crime, murder of the spouse to marry another
- Undispensed defect of form, form being married in the presence of a priest or deacon and according to the required form of words.
- Force or grave fear
- Consanguinity (blood relationship that is too close)
- Psychological state hindering the ability to consent
- No intention, when marrying, to contract a lifelong relationship (pretending consent)
Note: Lack of Baptism is a serious impediment. It must be dispensed by a bishop. Also, adultery during the marriage could indicate a psychological state or lack of consent at the time of the marriage.
The Metropolitan Archbishop will review your petition and act immediately on your case within one week.