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Attention: The Tribunal will be closed Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18 attending the Canon Law Society of America Conference.

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The Tribunal of the Diocese of Fort Worth is the office which adjudicates the marital status in the Catholic Church of any divorced person who has requested a declaration of nullity (an Annulment) of a previous marriage.

Beginning the Process

Below are the first steps to begin the declaration of invalidity (an Annulment) process.
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Step 1

Visit the Find Your Deanery Advocate page to determine, by use of the map, what Deanery your parish/church resides in. Once you have determined the correct Deanery, click on the section that applies to view more information about the Chief Advocate you need to contact. That person(s) will find you an Advocate in your parish, or the parish closest to you. The Advocate will also help you start a petition for a declaration of invalidity of your marriage(s).

Step 2

With the help of your Advocate, please visit to the Application Forms page and complete the first discernment. Then, your Advocate will be able to choose the right form(s) for you to fill out and submit to the Tribunal.

Step 3

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to common questions regarding a declaration of invalidity.


Find Your Deanery Advocate


Application Forms


Frequently Asked Questions

Tribunal Judges:

  • Rev. Joy Joseph, TOR, JCL
  • Rev. Msgr. Joseph S. Scantlin
  • Rev. Karl Schilken, JCL
  • Rev. Anh Tran, JCL

Defender of the Bond:

  • Eduardo Huerta, JCL



Very Rev. Timothy Thompson, JCL
Judicial Vicar

Sara Paglialunga, JCD, Rotal Lawyer

Linda Collins
Chief Notary

Gloria Mendoza
Case manager, Publication of Acts, Nihil Obstat, Sanatio & Lack of Form

Debra Luenser

The Diocese of Fort Worth is dedicated to a Safe Environment. We offer extensive and mandatory training for all employees and volunteers. Please contact the Safe Environment office if you need assistance or to report an abuse or concern.

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