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Forms & Resources


The forms found on this page are designed to assist priests, deacons and parish staff members submitting petitions to the tribunal.

If you are seeking to submit a petition for yourself, please work with a case specialist who will help you select the correct kind of petition, and will work with you to prepare it.

If you are a parish minister who is not a case specialist, please review our guidelines for how you can assist your parishioners.

 

2. Lack of Form

In a lack of form case, typically one or both parties were Catholic but the wedding did not involve the Church and was celebrated civilly or only in a non-Catholic religion.

3. Pauline Privilege

As a result of a Pauline Privilege petition, a non-sacramental marriage between two unbaptized people is dissolved if the one petitioning intends to be baptized (or was baptized after the first weddig) and now intends to marry again.

4. Favor of the Faith

In a Favor of the Faith petition (sometimes called a 'Petrine Privilege'), a non-sacramental marriage where at least one party was not baptized is dissolved by the Holy Father, in the interest of someone being able to practice the Catholic faith.

5. Ligamen a.k.a. prior bond

In a ligamen or prior bond case, one party was unable to marry validly because of a previous, presumed valid marriage to someone else.

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Bishop Malesic letter regarding Case Specialists, 802/2021

Posted on: August 20, 2021 | File size: 80KB

On August 20, 2021, Bishop Malesic announced a new formation program for those who assist people seeking the ministry of the Diocesan Tribunal. From July 2022, those who have not received this additional formation will not be able to submit new cases as procurators.

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Documents Needed with Your Petition

Posted on: December 12, 2018 | File size: 85KB

Some notes which may be helpful in understanding what kind of documents are to be submitted with petitions.

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Petition for Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage (formal case)

Posted on: February 8, 2021 | File size: 186KB

This will print a version of the Formal Petition (T101) libellus. Please note that the signature of the respondent, on the lower half of page 4, is optional; it is only required if the respondent is joining with the petition. From May 30, 2016, the tribunal will not accept petitions submitted using old versions of Form T-101 dated prior to December 8, 2015. Parishes should dispose of old forms, and use new forms from the tribunal website to ensure the most up-to-date version is used.

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Petition for Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage (formal case) (2022)

Posted on: March 1, 2022 | File size: 314KB

New (2022) petition form for formal petitions to the diocesan tribunal.

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Petition for Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage due to Lack of Form

Posted on: August 15, 2022 | File size: 269KB

Use this form to request a declaration of invalidity of marriage where a Catholic married outside of the Catholic Church and did not receive a dispensation to do so.

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Petition for Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage on the Grounds of Ligamen (prior bond)

Posted on: December 12, 2018 | File size: 101KB

Ligamen, sometimes called 'prior bond,' is the impediment to marriage which occurs when a party is already presumed validly married to someone else (even if a civil divorce occurred in the prior relationship).

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Petition for Pauline Privilege

Posted on: May 4, 2018 | File size: 145KB

This form is used to request permission to use the Pauline Privilege to dissolve a marriage between two non-baptized persons.

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Petitioner's Questionnaire

Posted on: May 18, 2020 | File size: 22KB

The petitioner’s questionnaire is required to accompany a formal petition. There are two different petitioner questionnaires. The selection depends upon whether or not the marriage you are having the Tribunal evaluate was a ‘validation.’ A validation occurs when either party is Catholic and attempts marriage merely civilly or in a non-Catholic religion, then later the parties marry in the Catholic Church.

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Petitioner's Questionnaire (Marriage with Validation)

Posted on: May 18, 2020 | File size: 24KB

The petitioner’s questionnaire is required to accompany a formal petition. There are two different petitioner questionnaires. The selection depends upon whether or not the marriage you are having the Tribunal evaluate was a ‘validation.’ A validation occurs when either party is Catholic and attempts marriage merely civilly or in a non-Catholic religion, then later the parties marry in the Catholic Church.

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Pontifical Dispensation in Favor of the Faith

Posted on: May 4, 2018 | File size: 159KB

This form is used for a petition for pontifical dissolution of an non-sacramental marriage, i.e. where at least one of the spouses was not validly baptized.

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RCIA information form

Posted on: March 8, 2022 | File size: 641KB

This form may be useful to ministers gathering information regarding catechumens and candidates for baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church.

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Search for Address of Divorced Spouse

Posted on: December 12, 2018 | File size: 29KB

This form is required of a petitioner who is unable to obtain provide complete address information for the respondent.

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Tribunal appeal form

Posted on: October 30, 2020 | File size: 68KB

Use this form to appeal against the tribunal's decision.

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Forms

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Cuestionario del Solicitante(s) - T101 PQ

Posted on: January 24, 2019 | File size: 39KB Download
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Cuestionario del Solicitante(s) - T101 PQ

Posted on: January 24, 2019 | File size: 66KB Download
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Cuestionario del Solicitante(s) con validez - T101 PQ

Posted on: January 24, 2019 | File size: 36KB Download
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Cuestionario del Solicitante(s) con validez - T101 PQ

Posted on: January 24, 2019 | File size: 148KB Download
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Petición de Declaración de Invalidación de Matrimonio - T101

Posted on: January 24, 2019 | File size: 161KB Download

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Canonical Procedures

Posted on: September 1, 2016 | File size: 349KB

This book gives information for pastoral ministers regarding marriage, sacramental records, and ascription to Churches sui iuris. It will be updated shortly to reflect changes made in summer 2022 for Case Specialists.

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Lack of Canonical Form

Posted on: May 30, 2014 | File size: 86KB

This is an information brochure for petitions regarding invalidity of marriage due to lack of canonical form.

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Tribunal Procedures

Posted on: September 6, 2019 | File size: 925KB

This book gives information for pastoral ministers regarding dissolution and invalidity of marriage. It will be updated shortly to reflect changes made in summer 2022 for Case Specialists.

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Understanding Your Marriage booklet

Posted on: June 1, 2022 | File size: 333KB

This booklet provides petitioners (and other interested persons) the basic information needed to submit a petition regarding nullity of marriage. Case Specialists should use this booklet to help petitioners understand the process and possible grounds of nullity.

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