Metropolitan Tribunal


The staff of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis welcomes you.  Perhaps you are seeking an annulment and have questions or you are curious about the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and the annulment process?  As a Tribunal ministry, we are committed to serve you in the best possible manner and hope that you find the resources of this website helpful.  Among the information contained on this website that may be helpful, you will find:

Of course, you can contact us directly at any time for further information at 317-236-1460 or  Any of our staff will gladly assist you.

Reforms from Pope Francis

“The Gentle Judge, the Lord Jesus”

Welcome to all who are searching for further information regarding the procedural reforms proclaimed by Pope Francis regarding the process for a declaration of nullity of marriage, commonly referred to as an “annulment.” These reforms were published September 8, 2015 in the Apostolic Letter entitled “Mitis iudex Dominus Jesus,” translated as “The Gentle Judge, the Lord Jesus.” We want to inform you about the changes that will become effective on December 8, 2015, the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy.  We have good news to communicate!

One of the most significant changes will involve the elimination of a mandatory appeal for affirmative decisions. In other words, if a petitioner receives an affirmative sentence declaring the nullity of the bond of marriage, no further appeal or ratification will be necessary. In practical terms, this will eliminate several months from the length of time of the process and other potential protracted difficulties.

Another significant change will involve the jurisdiction of the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. If a petitioner lives in our Archdiocese, we will be competent to process the case even if the respondent lives in another country and/or the marriage took place in another country. This reform will allow our Tribunal, for example, to better serve those in our intercultural community to proceed forward with a marriage nullity case where many barriers previously existed.

Further, in accord with the request of the Holy Father, Archbishop Tobin has already proactively eliminated all fees associated with the marriage nullity process as of July 1, 2015.

Below is a link to the pronouncement issued by the Vatican News Service: Other procedural changes discussed in the document will be further explained once the document has been officially translated into English. For now, please feel free to call the Tribunal offices with any further questions you may have at (317) 236-1460. We will be happy to speak with you and assist you in any way we can.

Peace of Christ,
Ann Tully, Coordinator of the Tribunal

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Your word is a lamp for my steps,
a light for my path.
I have sworn firmly
to uphold your just rulings.

I have suffered so much,
give me the life you promise.
Receive, Lord, all that I say,
and teach me your wisdom.

Though danger stalks,
I will never forget your law.
Though the wicked set traps,
I will not stray from you.

Your laws are my heritage,
the joy of my heart for ever.
I am determined to obey
for a lasting reward.

— Psalm 119: 105-112


Our mission statement

We, the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, called to share in the prophetic and reconciling ministry of Jesus and the Church, strive to:

  • Uphold the Gospel teaching on the sanctity and dignity of marriage
  • Safeguard the rights of individuals and the common good
  • Seek truth and justice in all judicial matters.

We do this primarily by investigating and judging in accord with the procedural law and jurisprudence of the Church the cases which come properly to us, notably, cases of nullity or dissolution of marriage.

Above all, we commit ourselves to act with compassion, charity and concern for the salvation of souls -- the supreme law of the Church.

Contact information

Metropolitan Tribunal
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367
317-236-1460 | Fax: 317-236-7318

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