What does the Dallas Tribunal do?

The Dallas Tribunal does the following: reviews, processes, and adjudicates petitions for invalidity of marriage ("annulments") and other matrimonial cases; grants dispensations and permissions for the celebration of marriage in the Catholic Church; performs canonical research for clergy and laity upon request; presents information sessions on the work of the Tribunal; and offers workshops for clergy and parish staff concerning the adjudication of matrimonial cases, marriage preparation, prenuptial paperwork processing, and sacramental record keeping. The majority of the Dallas Tribunal’s work revolves around the "annulment process" as a response to requests to investigate a previous matrimonial bond. 

Should you have any comments/questions about any aspect concerning marriage in the Catholic Church, contact the Tribunal at 214-379-2840 or .

Dallas Tribunal Resources

Quick Links - Nullity

Petition for Investigation of a Marriage Bond (2021)
Questionnaire for Formal Nullity Cases
Frequently Asked Questions (Coming Soon!)
Nullity List of Documents - English  |  Español  |  Tiếng Việt
Quick Links - Prenuptial / Pre-Matrimonial Documents

Getting Married in the Catholic Church
Informal ("Common Law") Marriage 
Prenuptials List of Documents - English  |  Español  |  Tiếng Việt

Additional Information


Tribunal Contacts

Rev. Msgr. John Bell, JCL
Judicial Vicar
(214) 379-2840

Mercedes Esquivel
Ecclesiastical Notary
(214) 379-2838

Maribel Garcia
Ecclesiastical Notary
214 - 379 -2836

Mary Margaret Hernandez
Moderator of the Tribunal Office
(214) 379-2839

Father Jack Hopka, OSF, JCL

Anne Kirby, JCL
(214) 379-2868

Father Paul Hai Nguyen, CSsR, JCL

Nwazi Nyirenda
Director, Canonical Affairs
(214) 379-2840

Zoila Rangel