The couple talked at length about what had gone wrong with their respective marriages before tying the knot. Beatrice, a Protestant, and James, a Roman Catholic, promised they would respect each other’s faith traditions. She also agreed to sign a prenuptial agreement. In other words, according to Beatrice, each thought long and hard about what the marriage would entail. Ten years later, the couple divorced. Then this May, Beatrice learned that apart from the civil divorce, James, who is engaged to be married, is seeking an annulment, a declaration that, in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, their marriage never happened. The annulment, his second if granted, would enable James to remarry in the Roman Catholic Church. But, if approved, the annulment would happen over the objection of Beatrice, who wants no part of her ex-husband’s request. “I have a problem with moving laws around to make it fit your lifestyle,” she said. The couple’s dispute is spelled out in church documents in which Beatrice raises concerns not only about the annulment in general, but about the process used by the Archdiocese of St. Louis to grant them. At the request of the ex-husband, the Post-Dispatch is not using the real names of the couple to protect their privacy. Beatrice is far from the first to feel that the cards in the annulment process are stacked against people like her. Grass-roots groups such as “Save Our Sacrament” dedicate themselves to helping spouses fight back when they don’t believe an annulment should be granted. Now an annulment process that critics say makes it too easy to negate marriages could get even easier. The Vatican is considering streamlining the annulment procedure, potentially shortening or eliminating the different appellate routes….(Source)
So, you see, folks, it is not just a one-way street. There are always two sides of every story and it is not always the case that both parties want out. The Church needs to carefully discern any fast-tracking to this process. If anything, there should be more research done into this matter which might lead to even a strengthening of the requirements needed to get an annulment.