Catholic teaching on dating someone divorced

Then there is what's called incapacity of consent because of psychological disorder or disturbance.

Could you talk a little bit about how the process for getting an annulment works today? If it's a question of lack of form, it's a very simple process: Someone simply proves by baptismal certificate that they were bound by the form and by a civil document that they did not observe it, and the thing can be taken care of in a matter of hours.

We have the colloquial expression "shotgun marriage" to express the notion.

A second is fraud, where someone concealed some important quality about themselves from the other for the sake of getting them to marry them, which they would not have done had they known about the presence or absence of this quality.

The first and simplest is that the Catholic failed to observe the canonical form.

And there is an impediment that shows up in "Hamlet" with Claudius and Gertrude, where someone kills the spouse of another in order to marry that person.

The third ground for an annulment is that there was some defect of consent.

There are a number of defects of consent that are recognized in church law.

One is what's called "force and fear," where someone was subjected to pressure or force from outside that they could only get rid of by going through a marriage.