6. Who can file a petition for a declaration of nullity?
According to Canon Law, either of the spouses, Catholic or non-Catholic, can apply a petition for a declaration of nullity in the competent ecclesiastical tribunal to investigate whether his or her marriage is null. However, before the Church Tribunal can consider a case, it must be clear that there is no possibility for reconciliation between the parties. A civil divorce is considered sufficient proof that the parties cannot be reconciled. The party concerned should first contact one of the Tribunal personnel to seek assistance in drafting the formal petition.