The Catholic Church does not recognise divorce as it goes against the teachings of Christ – No human being must separate, then, what God has joined together.
Divorce is the breaking of the sacrament and the vows made between the couple and God. The nature of marriage states that it must be life-long. Therefore, the only way a marriage can end is if one of the individuals dies.
If a couple does get a divorce then they will not be allowed to remarry in the Catholic Church, as it would be classed as committing adultery.
Divorce is not recognised by the Catholic Church.
In some instances the Catholic Church will grant an annulment to a couple whose marriage is not working out, if it can be shown that the marriage is not ‘valid’. For a marriage to be valid three conditions must apply:
The couple must marry freely and without reservation
They must love and honour each other for life
They must accept children lovingly from God
If it is shown that any of these conditions is not being met in the marriage, then one or both of the partners may ask for the marriage to be declared null and void. If a decree of nullity is granted, the couple is free to remarry and do so in church. An annulment can be a long process and will involve all stakeholders in the marriage including parents, family and friends.
He said to them, “A man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against his wife. In the same way, a woman who divorces her husband and marries another man commits adultery.Mark 10:11-12