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I am currently waiting for my anullment decision. My case opened 10 months ago and as of two weeks ago is being looked at by the tribunal. I was married for 2 and 1/2 years and it was an unconsummated marriage. Sadly, our marriage didn't work out and we had a civil anullment in May of 2001. My former spouse and I filled out the anullment forms, wrote narratives admitting to the state of our union and medical and counseling records are part of my testimony as well. Granted, none my witnesses can substantiate the claim of an unconsummated marriage-except for the doctor, but they filled out questionairre forms for me too.
Needless to say this has been a very stressful, painful and long process. I guess I am wondering what happens once the tribunal looks at the case. Who is part of the tribunal? Do canon lawyers handle the case and present it to the tribunal judge? Is it like a courtroom proceeding? Also, how long does this part of the process usually take? Considering the unusual circumstance of my case, what do you think my chances are of being granted an anullment? I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the tribunal judge and talk with him a bit and I have called him periodically with questions etc... I just hate to bother him with yet another question. He told me in the past not to worry about anything because worrying doesn't help, but it is difficult not to considering the importance of the final ruling. As you know, being granted/not granted an anullment can change the course of your life. I have to say that I get physically ill everytime I walk to the mailbox wondering if this is the day I find out if I can ever get married in the Church again or not. Any feedback would be helpful.
-- Nicole Morizio (email@example.com), February 09, 2003
Is Marios around here? He used to have good answers about the canon law.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 12, 2003.
The Church retains the right to annul a non-consummated marriage. If that is the case you will have your annulment.
-- karl (email@example.com), February 12, 2003.