Religious Consequences of Divorce and Your Legal Rights

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Jan 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

Divorce causes confusion and complications for anyone who is considering the end of a marriage. While divorce is an important and difficult life choice for anyone, it can be even more challenging for those with religious beliefs against divorce. Catholics who have gone through the sacrament of matrimony can suffer extreme personal, social, and religious consequences for pursuing a divorce. How can does a religious church member protect their legal rights while also adhering to church doctrine?

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According to doctrine, Catholics who have divorced and want to remarry are forbidden from taking communion. Catholics and other religious members may also suffer social consequences of filing for divorce. OurBirmingham divorce attorneys understand that filing divorce is difficult for anyone. We know that everyone faces unique circumstances and will take the time to review your case and options. In the event that you decide divorce is the right decision for your, we can protect your personal, financial, and legal rights.

According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, many Catholics are still plagued by the punitive doctrine of the church in the event of divorce. Despite historical views that have defined Catholicism for the last 500 years, Pope Francis could be raising hope for church members, especially those who are seeking a divorce. A new reform would expand the annulment process, giving average participants the opportunity to keep prior marriages from being “valid” under the church. Under this reform, Catholics who have had precious marriages can be remarried and restored to good standing. These Catholics can even continue to take communion after divorce and remarriage.

This reform of the annulment process is good news if you are concerned about how a divorce will impact your religious standing. If you are not hinging a divorce on the annulment process, you should still be encouraged that many modern Catholics take a less stringent view of the system. There are also support groups for “Divorced Catholics” even within certain parishes to offer support while also pressing towards fuller acceptance of individuals who have divorced and remarried. Internationally, a reform is gaining traction by higher-ups in the Catholic Church. In October, the German diocese of Freiburg issued guidelines for admitting divorced and remarried in the communion process.

Religious issues and complications can raise questions for many couples who are considering a divorce. While we are sympathetic to your concerns, we are also dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected before, during, and after divorce. If you are considering divorce but holding back because of religious beliefs, you should consider your options and future interests. While a divorce may be against a formal religious belief, consider how a divorce could improve your quality of life, enhance life for your children, and ensure that your rights are protected. Remember that even if you do not want to go through a formal divorce, you can still get a legal separation to protect your interests. You may also want to consider a post-nuptial agreement that will outline financial responsibilities while you are still married.

If you are seeking a divorce in Birmingham, contact Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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