Man Says Sex Change Should End Alimony Payments

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In case you were wondering about what a clown fish is doing in this post, here is a Tango Factoid for you. Clownfish are known to change sex, including reproductive functions, in special circumstances. A school of clownfish is always built into a hierarchy with a female fish at the top. When she dies, the most dominant male changes sex and takes her place. Now this from the Associated Press.

In an effort to end alimony payments, lawyers for one Lawrence Roach argued today that their client agreed to pay alimony to the woman he divorced, not the man she became after a sex change. But the ex-wife's attorneys argued Tuesday that the operation doesn't alter the agreement.

Less than a week after commissioners in nearby Largo drew national attention by firing the city manager after he announced he was a transsexual, lawyers for Roach and his ex-wife grappled in another transsexual rights case that delves into relatively uncharted legal territory.

Tango’s Take
Granted, this guy is really just trying to get out of paying alimony and doesn’t seem to have a legal leg to stand on, whether his ex be male or female, or female-to-male. But it is an interesting issue. With gay marriage caught in the legal crosshairs, will this add transsexual rights to the battlefront? Are post-op transsexuals (male-to-female) eligible to legally wed a man? What if a female-to-male should want to say I do to his bride? Maybe it’s time to add one more “in the event of” addendum to that prenup.

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