The Tribunal Office is the judicial court that handle cases of Declaration of Nullity for the Diocese of Novaliches for both Clergy and Laity.

What is Marriage?

A Christian marriage is a sacramental relationship in which a couple establishes a partnership for the entire life. It is a holy covenant of life and love, demanding a mature commitment and conscious decision to love from the partners – one that should not be entered into lightly. Sadly, the reality is that not all marriages succeed. People have entered marriages without sufficient readiness. Some other factors may also have existed which mar the commitment, resulting in breakdown and failure. Subsequently, separation and remarriage may occur, excluding affected persons from full participation in the Church’s sacramental life.

Valid Until Proven Otherwise

The Church presumes that every marriage is valid unless proven otherwise. If there has been a marriage of any kind (religious non-Catholic or civil) ended by a declaration of nullity, some Church process is required before a previously married person is recognized as free to marry in the Catholic Church. This applies even if the partners in the former marriage were not Catholic. The Church considers a marriage entered into by two non-Catholics, Christian or other, to be true marriages. Therefore, any previous marriage is an obstacle to a new marriage with a Catholic ceremony.

(Not every marriage needs the same kind of process. What is needed depends upon the unique circumstances of each marriage.)

How We Can Help

Find out how the Marriage Tribunal may be able to help you by getting in touch with us Tuesdays to Saturdays during office hours or sending us an email.

Should you need forms for your marriage, you can download them here.

For further reading, please visit the Archdiocese of Manila’s Metropolitan Tribunal Website Section.

Note: Due to the latest intervention (Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus) of His Holiness, Pope Francis, some modifications are on its way for the benefit of those marriage situations. Tribunals and Canon lawyers are still studying the practical aspects for its implementation.

Reference: Archdiocese of Vancouver