If You Were Married in a Church, Can Only That Church Annul Your Marriage?


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When seeking a religious marriage annulment, the process usually occurs within a church tribunal or amongst senior church leaders and not at a specific location. Religious marriage annulments can only be given by the same religious church under which the marriage took place, such as a Catholic marriage must be annulled by the Catholic Church.

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A religious annulment is different from a civil or legal annulment, although they are similar in that a legal annulment can only be issued by the state where the marriage took place. A civil annulment is only given for specific reasons, such as fraud, one spouse hiding important personal information or refusal to consummate the marriage. A church annulment does not mean the couple also has a civil annulment.

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