The mission of the Tribunal is to provide justice for all persons who approach the Church’s court system for a Decree of Nullity (annulment) or other judgments per the Code of Canon Law.
The Church is aware of the stresses in our modern world associated with marital breakdown and divorce. The Church endeavors to reach out to the pain and hurt of a divorced person while upholding the permanence of a valid marriage. By declaring null those marriages which fall below the minimum standards set by canon law, the Church protects the dignity of marriage for those couples who have a valid marriage.
The Tribunal is a Church court, which makes investigations of marriages that may be null. Such declarations can often help the divorced person who has remarried or is intending another marriage in the Catholic Church. It may also assist a divorced Catholic who is seeking clarification of his or her status in the church.
- Guide to Determine Type of Nullity (PDF)
- Declaring a Marriage Null (Decree of Nullity Process) (PDF)
- Petition for a Formal Case (PDF)
- Petition for Lack of Canonical Form (PDF)
Office of Tribunal Directory
Anchorage Office of Tribunal:
Adjutant Judicial Vicar
Defender of the Bond:
Judge/Defender of the Bond:
Defender of the Bond
Fr. Patrick Travers, JCL, JD
Fr. Leo Walsh, JCC, STD
Deacon William Finnegan, JCL
Fr. Scott Garrett, JCL
Daniela Knepper, JCL
Sr. Joan Oberle, CPPS
Jenny Michaelson, LBSW, MPS
Angelina Cagle, JD, MLIS
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Fairbanks Office of Tribunal: 907-374-9516
- Tribunal Administrator, Ms. Barbara Thieme Tolliver
Juneau Office of Tribunal: 907-789-7330
- Judicial Vicar, Rev. Patrick J. Travers, JCL, JD
- Tribunal Assistant, Chuch VanKirk