Dissolution and Annulment of Marriage by the Catholic Church
1 Jan 1994
Eileen F. Stuart
For some Roman Catholics, divorce has major consequences over and above those for non-Catholics. It is of crucial importance to these divorcees that, after the Family Law Act proceedings finish, the (Catholic) Marriage Tribunal is approached for a Canon Law finding that the marriage was null and void - such a finding can be made even though there are children of the marriage (who may remain legitimate despite a "null and void" finding). Any lawyer advising a Catholic on divorce should also advise their client to consider seeking counsel with the Marriage Tribunal. Eileen Stuart's book explains why; and also explains the concepts and steps which must be taken. The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC said:'For Catholics and non-Catholics alike, Eileen Stuart has provided an invaluable guide to the present debate in the Catholic Church. ... all will benefit from this scholarly work where the issues are clearly set out, fairly considered and carefully discussed.'