The Tribunal is both a pastoral and legal service of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Our primary role is to reach out and assist those people who have been divorced and are now seeking to remarry in the Catholic Church. This can also include those people who have remarried civilly after a marriage breakdown and now wish to have their new marriage recognised by the Church.
The Tribunal Office understands that seeking a declaration of nullity (formerly known as an annulment) raises a number of questions and is often a misunderstood process. See below some frequently asked questions and answers:
Also the booklet ‘Divorce and the Catholic Church – Frequently Asked Questions’ published by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference attempts to explain some of the principles underlying the Church’s approach to issues around divorce, remarriage and the Eucharist.