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David L. Cooper An Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void. Unlike divorce, it is retroactive: an annulled marriage is considered never to have existed. An annulment can be issued quickly and directly by Metropolitan Archbishop David L. Cooper after you complete the simple form included on this site.

Special Note:

If you can not go through all of this exhaustive, long tribunal process with your parish and diocese, call Metropolitan Archbishop David L. Cooper. If you are looking to have an annulment he will help you. Contact him at:

  • If I issue the annulment, any subsequent marriage must be officiated or convalidated by me. In some instances this can be done by phone after the submission of proper documents. Call me for details.
  • If you are intending to marry in the local parish you can go through the diocese there. That will be about a 2 year process.
  • If you or your fiance is a Protestant, you are not under the jurisdiction of the Roman diocese at all. You most certainly can submit a petition to me.
  • The process will take 2-3 weeks. The forms are on the website. Any impediment identified must be explained as to why it is true.
  • A copy of the civil divorce decree is required.
  • Should a Protestant decide to convert, my process is very easy and can be done quickly.
  • I have issued hundreds of annulments for individuals in the USA, Canada and the Philippines. I have helped hundreds of individuals become Orthodox Catholic as well.

An Annulment does not Dissolve Anything:

An annulment does not dissolve anything. That is a myth. An annulment is a process of discovering an impediment in the so-called marriage that made it invalid when it was done. It is a declaration that such a discovery was made. The marriage was not sacramental. It was only civil or natural. It was not a sacrament.

If that is the case, the person is free to marry now. If not, there is no one on earth--not even the pope--who can help them. If it truly was sacramental the person is "stuck" for life. That is because there is a presumption of validity by the church. That presumption can be disputed by evidence of an impediment that renders the sacrament void.

Do you want help?

Do you want an apostolic successor--a bishop--to review your case and make a pronouncement as to the status? Do you want to have this done quickly and without voluminous paperwork? Do you want to know quickly that you are not in mortal sin and can now have a priest at you wedding instead of an invalid Protestant minister?

I am here to help with this expedited hearing of your case.

Blessings abundant,
+++David Leon Cooper
Metropolitan Archbishop

The process through Archbishop Cooper is as follows:

The process involves the completion of the form (petition), provision of explanations regarding any impediment identified, attachment of a copy of the civil divorce decree, and the fee of $250 payable to SMI. If I will not issue the annulment, the payment will be returned.

Explanation(s) of impediment(s) must address as to why they are true and are to be itemized and attached to the form.

The process takes about 2-3 weeks.

No texts, please.

The Pope:

The Pope considers all Orthodox to be sister Catholic Churches. That means Orthodox have real bishops and priests.

Note: It is the Vatican that has said that the Orthodox share the Catholic Faith and are separated sister Catholic Churches. The terms Orthodox Catholic and Western rite Orthodox. There are independent Western Rite Orthodox jurisdictions all over the world. Archbishop Cooper's Order does NOT have gay or women priests.


  • Question: Will my Roman Catholic parish accept your annulment and let me marry there?
  • Answer: They want you to go through their process. Anything less will not work for them. If they accepted mine, millions would be coming to me.

Keep in mind that the annulment is not a dissolution of anything. It is an examination to see if the marriage was really a sacrament on day one. That is the identification of an impediment.

If you have an impediment, you are already free. If the marriage was really a sacrament, no one can help you--not even the pope.

Individuals who come to me have decided that they will not go through that process. They either can not or will not go through that voluminous trial. Some want to have the situation examined by a successor of the apostles--a valid bishop--to see if the marriage was really a sacrament. In that regard, I can help you.

Either I or a priest who I designate will perform your marriage at a neutral location.

Blessings abundant,
+++David Leon Cooper
Metropolitan Archbishop