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Is An Annulment Bad

Is marriage annulment the same as divorce from a biblical perspective?

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I have never heard this question before and I have absolutely no idea as to the correct answer.
---mima on 8/25/07


Annulment means that the marriage never legally occurred in the first place. It is not the same as divorce.

For a marriage to be valid, both parties have to be free to marry (i.e. one cannot be married to someone else). Both parties must be aware of what they are doing (clear headed and of sufficient intelligence). Both parties must also be willing to marry (shotgun weddings are not valid).
---lorra8574 on 3/26/07


Marrying under false pretenses such as marrying while hiding your infertility or sexual orientation, would also be grounds for annulment.

The Catholic Church uses these guidelines for annulment, and is not supposed to be looser in its interpretation. However, individuals within the Church sometimes bend the rules - but that would be a corruption of the purpose of annulment. But since we are not privvy to the process, it would be hard to know.
---lorra8574 on 3/26/07


According to the law if there was a marriage and there was uncleaness found then a bill of divorcement was to be given. But God did not invent that, it was because of mans hard heart. We are commanded to love one another as we love ourselves.
---john on 3/23/07


Regarding Alan's point 3, I believe that the lady's marriage was invalid. She was tricked and it wasn't consummated, which is why she was allowed the annulment. To say that she would be committing adultery if she remarried is quite ridiculous.
---emg on 8/8/06




Jack ... that's what I would have thought. Cnsummation is an essential part of legal marriage. But it does not actualy say that in the wedding service.
But the fundamentlist said the vows had been said in front of God, so could not be broken
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/8/06


Regarding Alan's #3, it would seem to me that since the woman was defrauded when she entered this putative marriage, it was authomatically invalid.
---Jack on 8/8/06


Madison, # 3 other churches are not always as easy to convince. A friend of mine married a man who turned out to be homosexual wanting a mother. The marriage was never consummated. The civil law said the marriage was never completed, and granted an annulment. A local & influential fundamentalist insisted tha she was & remained married, and would be committing adultery if she married again.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/7/06


Madison, # 2 I am sure that no other church offers annulment, and I don't think that even the Roman church provides a divorce. It merely allows and accepts a civil divorce. The justification for annulment is that the church accepts that the marriage never took place, and lack of consummation would fall within that.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/7/06


Madison, I think MP is correct that a marriage can be annulled by civil law if it was never consummated. I expect that it is also possible to annul a marriage if it can be shown to be illegal.
The Roman church has a freer view of annulment, and I believe that justification can be found, if the person is important enough, if it is a matter of convenience.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/7/06




** The only church that practices annulments it the Catholic Church, isn't it?**

There are other churches that grant decrees of nullity (annulment).
---Jack on 8/7/06


The civil law of most states makes a distinction between divorce and annulment. Annulment says that there was never a valid marriage ab initio.

Such cases would include bigamy, fraud, non-consummation, or parents annulling the marriage of teenage children who ran away to another state to marry when one or both were under age in their state of residence.

Such spurious marriages were covered under the rubric of "porneia" in Roman law at the time the NT was written.
---Jack on 8/7/06


The only church that practices annulments it the Catholic Church, isn't it?

I don't see any Biblical teaching supporting that idea.
---Madison1101 on 8/7/06


As far as I know, an annulment can only be sought if the marriage can be proven to never have been consummated. I am not aware of this being in the bible but as far as the law is concerned I think this is the only grounds for it. There have been a few famous cases where people have managed to 'get around' this detail though.
---M.P. on 8/7/06


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