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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Man Discovers He Married A Woman Who Used To Be Man and Files For A Divorce

MarriageIn Belgium, a man named Jan married a woman named Monica. After 19 years of marriage to Monica, Jan discovered that the woman he thought he married was actually born a man and had undergone a sex change. Jan felt betrayed because he only recently discovered this. This occurred after a difficult legal battle to even bring Monica to Belgium. When he tried to bring her, the immigration authorities would not allow it because her birth documents seemed to be not authentic. The authorities eventually allowed her entry into the country. 

Jan claims that he had no idea that Monica was originally a man. He reasoned that the reason he had no idea was because that they decided to not have children and that she would fake having a monthly menstrual cycle. He only discovered this after rumors surfaced that she had sex-change operation after he discovered that Monica was receiving "amorous messages" from other men. Once he confronted her about it, he learned the truth from her and became violent. The police were called to subdue Jan. Following this incident, Jan has started annulment proceedings and has opted to seek therapy.

See Bruno Waterfiled, Belgian Discovers His Wife Used To Be A Man After 19 Years, Telegraph, Nov. 26, 2012; see also Sarah Wolfe, Belgian Man Finds Out His Wife Is A Man After 19 Years, GlobalPost, Nov. 27, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

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Jan has every right to be upset. The courts should have allowed Jan an annulment due to the fact he was decieved into thinking he was marring a woman that was birthed as a female and not man/Medically made. We have the right and freedom to choose our sexual preference. Jan's right to choose was stolen. Relationships never end up working out when it start out with lies and deceit. Shame on Monica. And Jan,may your heart and mind be made whole again and you recover your joy and strength.

Posted by: K.Bowman | Dec 4, 2012 10:12:59 AM

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