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Wedding Denied? Reasons the Church May Deny YOUR Marriage!

Updated on December 9, 2015
When it comes to weddings, the Catholic Church frowns on cohabitation and divorce.
When it comes to weddings, the Catholic Church frowns on cohabitation and divorce.

Christian Religions: Cohabitation & Divorce

Many Christian religions regard cohabitation as a sinful state and therefore unacceptable. I once had a client, a bride-to-be, who honestly told her Catholic priest that she was living with her fiancé. He refused to marry her until she moved out and proved she established her own residency.

Protestant religions aren't so stringent, but be advised that they also regard cohabitation as a sinful state.

When it comes to divorce, the Catholic Church demands that members who are divorced obtain a Church annulment before they can marry within the church--and this applies to those who are divorced, who are not Catholic, who plan to marry a Catholic within the Church. Either way, without the annulment(s), they will deny the marriage.

Protestant religions require proof of divorce in order to be married, while in Orthodox Christian religions, you may be married three times within the church with proof of divorce.


You need more than this to marry in the Catholic Church if divorce is the issue!
You need more than this to marry in the Catholic Church if divorce is the issue!

What's the Solution to These Problem?

One of my clients, a very devout Catholic, planned on marrying within the Catholic Church but there was a problem; her fiancé was divorced. After much discussion and heartache, they made the decision not to tell the priest of the divorce. They were married in Church without the benefit of an annulment.

It's the same with cohabitation. It's up to you to make the decision to tell your Catholic priest--or not--of your living arrangements before marriage. It's entirely up to you but either way, it's best to know the possible consequences of your actions. The same when it comes to divorce and Church weddings!


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