The Annulment Decree – Official Wording

The Annulment Tribunal Seal

The annulment seal made it official – thank God!

The Annulment Decree is sated exactly as follows. (I have left out only some identifying information and the Canon Law cited as reasons):



     The marriage of _______________________ and Strahlen Smith, which took place on ___________ 1995, at _________________________, having been declared null by the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York, and this decision having been confirmed on _______, 2014 by the Interdiocesan Tribunal of the Province of New York, sitting a s a Court of Second Instance;

     In accordance with provisions of Canons ______, ______, and _____ of the Code of Canon Law, I, the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of New York, do hereby decree that the marriage named above is to be considered null and void from the beginning.

     This decreed has reference only to the attempted marriage named above and makes no declaration concerning the absence of any other impediments or obstacles to a new marriage by either party. Before a new marriage may be permitted, the usual investigations should take place to determine the parties’ freedom to marry.

The letter is then officially signed by the Very Reverend and the Tribunal Chancery Moderator.

I will post my reaction next week.

Thank you for joining me on this blessed journey.

God Has A Plan For Each of Us.

God Bless…

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  5. anonymous on September 23, 2014 at 12:39 am

    My heart and prayers go out to you, my dear.
    Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

    • Strahlen on September 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much. I think in these times Our Lady of Sorrows is kept very busy praying for so many of us.
      Your words have brought gratitude to my heart. Thank you for commenting and God Bless…

  6. Monica on September 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Hi there…blessings for you with news of your annulment! I just discovered your thread of posts today…and was thankful to be able to find the verdict and not wait on the ‘to be continued’ posts! I guess I haven’t exactly tackled the patience thing…the way you have! I marvel at your ability to not open the envelope right away…it’s a testament to all you’ve been through and the patience and grace you have acquired in the process! With a close friend facing a frustrating and painful first year or two of the annulment process…I’m eager to read your reaction to the news. God bless you and your 5 boys…I’m inspired by your Faith and your journey.

    • Strahlen on September 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, Monica! I apologize for not getting back to you earlier. WordPress has been giving me issues – ugh! It’s also keeping me from posting about my reaction (I’m thinking God is helping us both to build patience! 😉 ) My faith took a serious beating a while ago, but God has an amazing ability to keep us tethered to Him. I am so grateful to those ties that free me rather than the ties that bound me before.

      I will pray for your friend. There are many things I dislike and disagree with about the annulment process, but I would still encourage anyone considering it to try. If I can help her in any way, please have her contact me. It’s not an easy thing to go through.

      Thanks so much for your encouragement and for sharing in my news!

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