​​Overview

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He has told you what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

(Micah 6:8, RSV)

 

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is an intimate, exclusive, equal, loving and permanent partnership of a man and a woman, which exists for the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. Marriage is brought into being by the voluntary and deliberate exchange of consent of the parties. For the good of all concerned, every marriage (whether of Catholics or non-Catholics) is presumed valid until proven otherwise.

While the Catholic Church upholds the dignity, sacredness, and permanence of marriage, it cannot ignore the reality of separation and divorce in our society. The marriage tribunal is one of the many ways through which the Church ministers to those struggling in broken marriages.