HE can't be my ex-wife!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 30, 2007

The newspaper report is from Florida, but the story itself come from a brave new world in which judges ponder questions they never discussed in law school.

A woman's sex change operation does not free her ex-husband from his alimony obligation, a judge said Wednesday.

Attorneys for Lawrence Roach, 48, had 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.

Sorry; that doesn't follow. Roach is not legally married to Julio/Julia; that's what the divorce established. (And I'm guessing that right now he-- Roach, I mean-- is not having second thoughts on that score.) The alimony payment is a separate legal issue.

And in any case,

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.

Which will ease the sting a bit, I guess. Still:

Silverwolf's lawyer, Gregory Nevins, said the language of the divorce decree is clear -- Roach agreed to pay alimony until his ex-wife dies or remarries.

But the issue of remarriage just got complicated, don't you think? Unless Silverwolf moves to Massachusetts.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2007 12:56 PM ET USA

    Next week, I plan on becoming a manatee. I really feel like should have been a manatee...

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 7:33 PM ET USA

    It wasn't "IF" but, "WHEN." It was bound to happen - - - all part of the madness to usurp the Creator's place because "we" know more and better. What's next? I shudder to think!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 2:50 PM ET USA

    I bet this story will be on Law & Order within the next month.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 1:34 PM ET USA

    For some reason I have a little sympathy for the guy paying the alimony.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 10:35 AM ET USA

    So what they are saying here is that a woman, that thinks she is a man, still remains an exwife. That is a fact, a woman can never be a man, no matter what she does to herself. If that is the case, which it is, a man can never be a woman and be called a wife either. So here we can see the insanity of men thinking that they can change and be a Mother or the insanity of a woman that thinks she can change to be a man. This is the way it is, God made man to be a man and women to be women. Accept it!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 9:00 AM ET USA

    The late Mike Royko once wrote that we are drowning in a sea of people who are educated beyond their intelligence. This holds doubly true for all the Massachuetts-type jurists and legislators promoting deviant sex, the advocates of sex changes and gender shifting, the proponents of much of the new and deadly bio-technology; and the hordes of groupies, especially in the world of academia, politics and media, who bow in adulation to this madness.