The Catholic Church upholds the permanence and sanctity of all marriages, whether they are Catholic or not. Thus, in any case of a marriage of two non-Catholics, the presumption is that a marriage is valid whether it was done before a judge or a minister of another faith. Before you can marry a Catholic, you must petition for an annulment because it is assumed that you are still married and are not free to marry again until it is proven that your first marriage was invalid. According to Catholic teaching, divorce does not have any effect upon the binding nature of a marriage. Therefore, despite the desire of the couple to divorce civilly and to separate themselves and their belongings, in the eyes of the Church the bond of marriage is presumed to remain binding upon the two parties. As a result, in order to be free to marry it must be proven that the bond of marriage did not exist in the first place, thus making it necessary for an annulment to be requested.