Catholic dating after annulment
An annulment determines that at the time of marriage something was missing in the relationship preventing the marriage from being sacramental.The Church makes no ruling on the civil legality of the marriage, but rather makes a determination whether or not the marriage is considered valid according to the laws of the Church. A declaration of nullity is a decision that is made by the Church, which acknowledges that a couple never established the sacred bond of marriage.Marriage, also known as matrimony, is a sacrament in the Catholic Church; it is the union of one male to one female in order to come closer to God and is the appropriate venue in which to bear children.
A sacrament is an outward expression of inward grace.
Sacramentally speaking, each spouse in the marriage acts as a conduit of God’s grace to the other spouse, hence the reason it is a sacrament.
(Please see our FAITH FACT, “Divorce and Remarriage: The Church's Perspective.”) Marriage is intended by God to be a “perfect union of persons and full sharing of life” (Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, no. And so a perfect union is of its nature indissoluble.
Anything less would not be marriage, in the Catholic understanding.
Christ is the source of this grace and the spouses serve as Christ to each other.