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Alison Long wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am in the process of divorcing my ex-husband whom I have been separated from for over four and a half years. My husband was unfaithful, lied, and stole from me. I have since met a wonderful man who is Catholic, though he is not currently practicing, however recently I have felt guided to convert to Catholicism.

  • I wondered whether my previous marriage would be grounds for an annulment in the eyes of the Catholic Church? and
  • If I would be able to marry my current partner?
  • Finally, if I chose to covert, would I also have to raise my three children in the Catholic faith?

Thank you.


  { If I convert, would my marriage be annulled, and would I have to raise my children in the faith? }

Mike replied:

Dear Alison,

Sorry, it took a while to get back to you.

Yes, your previous marriage would be grounds for a likely annulment.

I said likely annulment because only the local Catholic marriage tribunal can make that decision but based on what you have said, I see no problems:

  • receiving an annulment
  • marring your new Catholic boyfriend, and
  • converting to the Church.

It's encouraging to hear your willingness to raise your children in the Catholic faith as this would be a required obligation by both you and your non-practicing Catholic friend in order to be married in the Church.

Practicing the faith and receiving the sacraments in a state of grace will help big time when making important decisions throughout the week.

Make an appointment and talk to the pastor at your, or your boyfriend's, local Catholic parish to get the ball rolling and . . .

Welcome to the Family!!

I hope this helps,


Alison replied:

Dear Mike,

Thank you for your reply. It was very helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Long

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