|1. What is a valid marriage?|
The Catholic Church understands marriage to be an enduring and exclusive partnership of a man and a woman for the giving and receiving of love and the procreation and education of children. For those who have been baptized, a valid marriage is also the sacrament of matrimony. To be a valid marriage, a couple must give free consent and have the capacity to live out what was promised in the words of consent in a life-long commitment. Although not every marriage is a sacrament (Catholic, Jewish, non-believer) every marriage is presumed to be a valid marriage.