An annulment is a declaration by a tribunal, the Catholic Church court, that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union. Unlike civil divorce, an annulment does not erase something that was already there, but rather it is a declaration that a valid marriage was never actually brought about on the wedding day. A declaration of nullity does not deny that a relationship ever existed between the couple, or that the spouses truly loved one another.
The annulment process is not one to be completed alone. If you are in need of an annulment, or have questions regarding an annulment, please call the parish office and someone trained in the annulment process of the Catholic Church will be your guide and support.