5.G.10.3 Recording Nullity or Dissolution of Marriage

1. If a marriage is declared invalid by a competent tribunal of the Catholic Church, notification is to be entered into the baptismal and marriage records of the parties. The entry is to include the protocol number, the place of the tribunal (if not a tribunal in Michigan) and a list of any and all stipulations (vetitum or monitum, i.e., a prohibition or a warning, respectively) that may have been issued. If none have been issued, the phrase “no stipulations” is to be recorded. (See comments below.)

2. If a marriage is dissolved by a local ordinary or the Holy See, notification is to be entered into the baptismal and marriage records of the parties. It is to include the protocol number, date of decree, the source of the decree (the diocese of the ordinary or the office of the Holy See).

3. If the decree of invalidity or of dissolution was given by the Holy See, the archivist, vice-chancellor, or chancellor is to be consulted before making the annotation.

4. Any letters, decrees, or rescripts are to be preserved in the supplemental files and cross referenced to the date and page number of the entry in the register.




Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor