Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday Leagal News of the Weird: Sex change does not end alimony obligation

Tired of paying $1,250 per month to his ex-wife, Lawrence Roach filed a motion to terminate alimony after learning that the ex was no longer a she. Attorneys Roach argued his 55-year-old ex-wife's decision to switch genders and change her name from Julia to Julio Roberto Silverwolf voided their 2004 divorce agreement.

"It's illegal for a man to marry a man and it should likewise be illegal for a man to pay alimony to a man," said John McGuire, one of Roach's attorneys.

A Florida Circuit Judge disagreed, ruling that in the eyes of the law, nothing changed significantly enough to free Roach from his $1,250-a-month obligation. The judge said since Florida courts have ruled sex-change surgery cannot legally change a person's birth gender, Roach technically is not paying alimony to a man.

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