The fee for a formal case is $450. It is not our wish to impose financial hardship on anyone or give the impression that a declaration of nullity can be bought. On the contrary, we will be sensitive to your financial situation and no one will ever be refused a declaration of nullity because of an inability to pay. If you need to make payment arrangements, please contact our office. Most are unaware that it costs the Archdiocese of San Antonio well over $1,000 to process each marriage nullity case. Thanks to the generosity of the Catholic parishioners of San Antonio, the Archdiocese is able to bear most of this expense. Still, it is only fair that those who request our services make an appropriate contribution and share the cost.
Notes to Submitting Ministers:
- We remind you that if or when a case that you will present before the Tribunal appears to meet the requirements for the Collaborative Process, the decision of whether or not the case will be processed as a Collaborative Process case is up to the discretion of the Judicial Vicar. Therefore, it is necessary that the Petition for a Declaration of Nullity still be completed in addition to the Collaborative Process forms. Collaborative Process forms submitted without the Formal Petition for a Declaration of Nullity will be returned.
- A formal petition is required for EACH marriage that is to be investigated, unless it is a lack of form (e.g. if a person has two previous marriages that need to be investigated, they must complete two separate petitions).
- For Pauline Privilege and Ligamen cases, please submit the regular "Petition for a Declaration of Nullity" to the Tribunal. Once received, the Tribunal will determine if other forms are required.
PLEASE PRINT ONE-SIDED.