"Interpersonal relationship" means being mature, lacking any psychological disorders that would make a spouse incapable of making a valid marriage promise. Under church law, an annulment is a ruling that a true marriage never existed.
An Annulment is usually granted for the reason that one or both parties did not have the psychological ability or maturity to understand the commitment that they were making by getting married. A marriage being declared null is not the same as a divorce.
(Note: This webpage is intended to educate the reader regarding the basic teachings of the Catholic Church on the subject of Marriage Annulments.
For more information than what is contained herein, please contact your local Diocese.) 1.
Another example is the marriage of very close relatives by blood or by marriage where a dispensation has not been obtained.
Dispensations are not granted for a brother to marry his sister.
"Exclusivity" means that it is a unity that is not divided, nor shared by others.
An aversion to sex, such as finding it disgusting, invalidates a marriage.
A party setting a condition prior to the marriage of reserving the right to have a sexual relationship with a person or persons other than one's spouse also invalidates a marriage.
While adultery may indicate an underlying immaturity stemming from the time of the wedding, it is important to note that in and of itself, adultery is not grounds for annulment.
Based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, the bride and groom must consent to three essential obligations of marriage, these being permanence, exclusivity and openness to children.
Several Catholic writers have added that there is a fourth essential obligation, that being an "interpersonal relationship." "Permanence" means having the condition or quality of being permanent.