All canonical inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Office of Canonical Affairs,
Mr. Mark Raper, JCL, MCL, at 208-344-1344.
The Office of Canonical Affairs cannot receive e-mail regarding
canonical matters due to issues of confidentiality.
Several issues regarding the Status of Children are often discussed in the context of a case for a declaration of nullity.
A declaration of nullity by the Church has no civil effect in the United States. It does not, therefore, affect rights in regard to such matters as property, inheritance, visitation of children and the like. A declaration of nullity has no effect on any children born of the union, in regard to such similar rights or legitimacy, either in secular law or in Church law.
It must be understood that any case presented to the Tribunal may be suspended if any civil action is underway or forthcoming. It is important for the Tribunal to know if all obligations of the Civil Divorce are being met. This includes the obligations to children and to the previous spouse. A party's failure to meet such obligations is an obstacle to a future marriage in the Church.
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V. Rev. Henry Carmona, JV, JCL
Mr. Mark L. Raper, JCL, MCL
Ms. Colleen Cunningham
Phone: (208) 344-1344 Fax: (208) 344-1772
Office of Canonical Affairs
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