The truth is that civil divorce and a Church declaration of nullity are two vastly different things. A divorce is concerned with the legal realities of marriage only; a declaration of nullity is concerned with the religious and spiritual element—the sacrament of marriage. A divorce focuses on the end of a marriage; a declaration of nullity looks at the beginning, the very moment the couple said "I do." A divorce looks at marriage in civil law; a declaration of nullity looks at marriage from the perspective of the Gospel and of Church doctrine. A divorce civilly breaks a marriage; a declaration of nullity does not break the marriage bond, but is rather a statement that the marriage, as it is understood by the Church, was never valid in the first place.