This book is an excellent example of why food is not the only thing that should be marked with "sell by" dates. In 1983 when this book was written, the New Code of Canon Law of 1983 had just been promulgated. There was no background of interpretation of it. The author here had a clear road in that he could not be faulted for misinterpretation since no one yet knew what the authentic interpretation would be. The author is not a canon lawyer. He gives a civil attorney's perspective on Catholic Church annulments and that is very much like mixing apples and elephants. As both a civil and canon lawyer, I find his dicussion of the internal forum to be dangerous. He has no degree in theology and that would be a minimum for attempting to enter into that discussion at this level of assumed authority. He knows not of what he speaks. If you are looking for a book that will help you now through an annulment process, this is not the book for you to read. It can give you a historical perspective or thought on the process, but it is not what it entitles , a "step-by-step guide". This book should be taken off the shelves immediately.
This is an excellent basic intorduction to the questions about the annulment process of the Roman Catholic Church. It touches all the bases in simple straight forward language. I think it should be read before reading any other material on the subject, some of which are a might too technical for the layperson.