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Formal Church Petition for a Declaration of Nullity


 A Church Petition for a Declaration of Nullity consists of 3 parts:
  • Letter of Introduction (pages i-iii)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (pages I-XII)
  • Formal Petition Form and Libellus
The Formal Petiiton Form must be filled out as follows:
  • Must be printed as a single-sided document on 8½ by 11 inch white paper
  • Must be filled in completely.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  • Must be filled in using only black ink
  • Must include all proper signatures and initials
  • Must include the Parish Seal
Along with the Formal Petition Form, the following documents must be submitted:
  • Marriage/Divorce decrees.
  • Catholic certificates (baptism, profession of faith, marriage) if applicable.
  • Previous decree(s) of nullity, death certificate(s), etc., if applicable.
  • Any additional information that may be requested by your Case Sponsor
All formal petitions must be printed out and mailed in to the Metropolitan Tribunal. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.


Click on the following links to download these documents:

If you have any difficulties downloading or opening these files, please 
email the Metropolitan Tribunal or call us at 713-807-9286.



For Parishes

Please note that the Formal Petition Form has changed in light of the new Motu Proprio, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus. All old versions of the Formal Petition Form will no longer be accepted. Please ensure that all documents show a revision date of 12/8/15 or later.

If you have any questions or difficulties, email the Metropolitan Tribunal or call 713-807-9286.


Parishes are expected to give to every Petitioner the following 3 parts:
  • Letter of Introduction (pages i-iii)
  • FAQS (pages I-XII)
  • Formal Petition form (pages 1-23)
Parishes are encouraged to print as follows:

Letter of Introduction (pages i-iii) on green paper, front and back.
FAQS (pages I-XII) on yellow paper, front and back.
Formal Petition Form
- pp. 1-14 on white paper, one-sided only.
- pp. 15-23 on blue paper, front and back.
Libellus (pages 1-2) on white paper, one-sided only.