Catholic dating divorced person
I'm not as concerned about why she got a divorce. As far as I can tell:(1) If we presume that their marriage is valid (and I think we are supposed to), then you are not permitted to do anything with them that you would not be permitted to do with any other married person.(2) You cannot date a married person.
Conclusion: you cannot date the divorced Protestant.
This is because dating while still married in the eyes of the Church would be a temptation to violate the marital obligations in violation of the Sixth Commandment.
Unfortunately, neither the Code of Canon Law nor the Catechism specifically discusses dating.
I posted this in r/Catholicism as well, but thought it might be more appropriate here.
I know non-Catholic marriages are presumed to be valid.
If you know him well enough to consider beginning a romantic, marriage-minded relationship, you should be able to explain the situation to him and assess his willingness to seek a declaration of nullity. I'll just keep considering her an old friend, and she'd have to get an annulment if we ever want that to change. It would be a good idea to ask your priest or another neutral moral theologian who has studied the law and morality.
It involves a lot more time and energy and is not a guarantee, though it seems that many people do receive them.
In this type of situation, generally speaking, it is not clear as to whether the marriage will be declared a nullity, but rather such marriages are presumed valid.
In such a case, the former spouses are still considered to be married. There are two types of annulments: a documentary process annulment which applies to Catholics married outside of the Church without a dispensation, and an ordinary process annulment, which applies to Catholics who were married inside the Church.
A documentary process annulment is relatively straightforward, easy to obtain, and simply requires proof of the divorce decree.
Their marriage was valid since the ceremony was in a Christian church. More importantly, see why he got a divorce in the first place. Thank you, I'll keep that in mind if it ever gets to that point.