Instructions & Forms

Preparing Your Annulment

Before your petition can be accepted by the Tribunal, the following forms must be received.

Petition

Here, you will state why you are challenging the validity of your marriage. A copy of the summary petition is sent to your former spouse at the very beginning of the process, informing him or her that an annulment petition is being made and what the petition alleges. We would prefer to receive this in typewritten form.  Click here for the document in English and in Spanish (pdf).  

Marital History

In it you are asked to provide basic information about yourself, your spouse and the marriage. Click here for the document in English and in Spanish (pdf).

Autobiographical Report

This is a detailed story of your courtship and marriage. A thorough autobiography is essential to the Tribunal’s being able to reach a decision about the validity of your marriage. We prefer that you also submit this report in typewritten form. Click here for the document in English and in Spanish (pdf).

Agreement

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please consult the Tribunal office to arrange for a payment schedule that is within your means. Click here for the document in English and in Spanish (pdf).

Guidelines for Witness Statement

The Witness Statement form should be given to four people who are willing to support your petition with written testimony.  Present one to each of your witnesses and ask that they supply a statement following the outline suggested. This statement should be returned by the witness directly to the Tribunal. The most helpful witnesses are people who knew you and your former spouse during the courtship and for the duration of the marriage. Please check with your witnesses periodically to ensure that their statements are submitted to the Tribunal. Click here for the document in English and in Spanish (pdf).

Other Requirements

The following items are also required to complete your petition:

_______ Record of Baptism with a notation of your marriage on the back

_______ Record of Marriage in Question (You must submit an original, authentic or certified copy.)

_______ Final Civil Divorce/Annulment Decree

_______ $350 Non-refundable Filing Fee payable to the Diocese of Metuchen

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please consult the Tribunal office to arrange for a payment schedule that is within your means.

If you find the forms confusing, or if you need help with them, ask your parish priest or deacon to help you. If you prefer, you may contact our office at (732) 562-1990 x1200 for clarification.

Keep a copy of all materials you submit to the Tribunal.