In the past, civilly divorced people who asked the church to examine the validity of their marriages were requested to pay a $300 fee and were sent a lengthy questionnaire that many found overwhelming. In the new process, the tribunal eliminated the fee and trained about 45 laypeople to walk petitioners through the process.
The new approach does not mean a change in canonical procedures and requirements. So far the feedback from parishes has been positive.
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