Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 26, 2021

Ligia De Jesus Castaldi, Robert Fastiggi, Jane Adolphe
Pages 193-222

Civil Divorce and the Catholic Lawyer
Answers to Common Moral Questions

This article answers common moral questions on civil divorce and legal practice relevant to faithful Catholics in the legal field, such as whether a Catholic lawyer may be morally involved in civil divorce litigation and, if so, to what extent, in light of basic Catholic moral principles on marriage and civil divorce. It addresses moral dilemmas that Catholic legal practitioners, judges and law students may face in employment situations and divorce-related legal services. In addition, the article addresses civil divorce alternatives like reconciliation, declaration of marriage nullity and legal separation.