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Patty Rugglesman wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was married in New York State, outside of New York City, in 2005. I would like to know if my marriage is legal or can be formally invalidated.

The Catholic priest who married us had previously left the Church and was married himself.

I do not know whether he left the Church or was defrocked by the Church.

  • How can I find out for sure if my marriage may be invalid?

Patty Rugglesman

  { How can I find out if my marriage is legal or may be invalid due to the priest who married us? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi Patty,

Check two things:

  1. Your Church of Baptism to see if it is reflected in your Baptism record.
  2. Either:
    • the Church closest to the ceremony or
    • the Archdiocese of New York.

I suspect that your marriage is probably invalid but do not go by my answer. Check it out with your priest.

Fr. Jonathan

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