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Rita Hadid wrote:

Hello Mike,

My name is Rita Hadid. I live in Detroit Michigan. I'm going through my annulment process right now and the Archdiocese of Detroit is saying it can take anywhere from eighteen to twenty-four months.

  • Is there anyone I can contact to make this process go faster?

I would greatly appreciate any type of answer.

Thank you so much, God bless you now and forever.

Rita

  { Is there anyone I can contact to make my annulment process go faster? }

Mike replied:

Hi Rita,

Based on what I have learned from Fr. Jonathan, our priest-helper, I would say not much. The best thing you can do on your end is ensure:

  • all the paperwork the Tribunal needs is signed
  • all the people that need to be contacted are contacted, and
  • that the tribunal is made aware of any problems you run into immediately so you can get further guidance.

If Fr. Jonathan has anything more to say, I am sure he will chime in.

I really have no idea how long the annulment process takes. My personal opinion is you cannot put a time period on it because of the many circumstances involved with various people of various faiths and marital backgrounds.

As a lay Catholic who has read many questions from this site dealing with annulments, my biggest concern is that the petitioner can incorrectly assume that an annulment will be granted. We have to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.

This is just my opinion as a lay Catholic. I will defer my opinion to Father's.

Mike

Rita replied:

Dear Mike,

Thank you for the response!

It's just a long process. It means a lot that you answered back!

I will leave it in God's Hands and, like you said, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.

Rita

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Mike,

She should call the Detroit Tribunal and ask to speak with her advocate. She should ask the advocate to see if there is anything specific that the Tribunal is waiting for that is delaying the process.

  • If there is, then follow through.
  • If there is not, then sorry, that is just what it takes.

Fr. Jonathan

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