An annulment is a Declaration given by a Church tribunal (a Catholic church court) when a marriage, thought to be valid according to Church law, actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union. 

From the USCCB website

The process to obtain an Annulment (officially called Declaration of Nullity) is frequently misunderstood.  For frequently asked questions, click here.

If you would like to explore the possibility of receiving a Declaration of Nullity for a previous marriage, please make an appointment at 803.649.4777.