- Posted by Mary's Advocates
- On September 10, 1936
Provida Mater shows various descriptions of the status of parties prior to nullity proceedings. Some parties have “maliciously deserted” the other party. There are those that are “legitimately separated” and those that are “not legitimately separated.”
From this, it is clear that the church must have had a process that occurred for individual couples prior to nullity proceedings where the status of parties was defined with a decree. “Legitimate” separation is a separation that is recognized by a decree.
1. “malitiose deserta” (translation: maliciously deserted)
2. “separata legitime” (legitimately separated)
3. “etsi a viro non legitime separata” (not legitimately separated)