Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In 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.