This is an outline of information needed by the Diocese of Superior to begin the process of reviewing a marriage for a possible declaration of invalidity. Please be sure to check with your priest or the Tribunal Office to determine if a formal case is needed in your particular situation.
- Complete every question. Make sure facts and dates are as accurate as possible. Throughout this form the PETITIONER is you. The section entitled RESPONDENT is for information regarding your former spouse.
- Copies of your civil marriage certificate and civil divorce are required.
- Please do not submit any information to our office until your civil divorce is granted.
- All former marriages must be considered. Therefore, if you have been married more than once, a separate application form must be submitted for each previous marriage. Please note that this would not be necessary if your former spouse(s) is/are deceased.
- It is necessary that you provide a current address for your former spouse. Church law requires us to contact your former spouse and inform him/her of the process and chance to participate in this process.
- In preparing the petition, please be aware that the Tribunal keeps all information received in this study as confidential.
- In submitting this application, please keep in mind that there are no civil effects to a church declaration. This process pertains to Church matters only.
- Provisions of Church law, which must be observed, govern this judicial process. The Tribunal staff meets every eight weeks to officially open cases and an average case takes approximately eight months to one year from the filing of the petition.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Tribunal Office at (715) 394-0209. Please mail the completed petition to us at the address below.