In general—I am wondering how non-Catholics can give valid consent, if they don’t know what the Church teaches about marriage?
Many happily married folks I know have remarked that they would not want to trade places with young adults and set foot into the dating scene again, especially today.
It’s not that they didn’t enjoy their own courtships.
I was told I have to go through a full annulment process which is quite long in my country due to a lack of people educated in Canon Law.
I brought documents to the tribunal office (one of two) in my country and they said that they will put me on a waiting-list (few years long), but meanwhile I can supply more evidence if I find some.
Q: As a non-Christian I was civilly married (no kids), that marriage in civil divorce.
Later I found faith (I’m Catholic now) and met a wonderful man with whom I’m in love. I found out that we will not be able to marry in Church, unless I get an annulment.
My main concern, when trying to find more useful information to build my case, is this: are the “standards” the same for both Catholics and non-Catholics—unity, indissolubility, the good of spouses and having children?
What if a non-Catholic at the time of getting civilly married does not know the full information about how Catholic Church views marriage?
Luckily, it can also be a lot of fun if you do it right!