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Rare divorce: Wife finds out husband was a woman after 9-year relationship

AsiaOne | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Even after having dated for seven years, and being married for slightly more than a year, her husband refused to consummate their marriage.

After filing for a divorce in Feb 2011, she found out from court documents that her husband was originally a woman, according to a report by Shin Min Daily News. The report mentioned that the husband had undergone a sex change, and had earlier confessed to his wife that he is unable to conceive a child.

This is a rare case of divorce and division of marital assets in court, involving the 47-year-old wife, a group finance manager, and her 50-year-old husband, a tutor. They had married in 2009.

According to court documents, the couple had met online in 2002 and they lived together while they were dating, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

The wife said she wanted to buy a $730,000 apartment under her name as their love nest in 2009, but her husband requested to be a joint owner as a condition to marry her, according to Shin Min.

After the couple married, the husband's family also moved into the apartment. The husband and his family moved out a year later, however, when the couple's relationship soured.

In 2011, the wife applied for a divorce on the grounds that he refused to consummate their marriage. However, once she found out that her husband was originally a woman upon applying for divorce, she changed her reason to that her husband is a woman, said Shin Min.

The husband countered and said he was born a woman, but had undergone a sex change and told his wife he is unable to consummate their marriage or have children.

The court granted their divorce on the grounds that both husband and wife are female, according to the Chinese evening daily.

The wife said her husband wanted to get a divorce for money, referring to a text message.

In the message, the husband wrote that he had no money, and that a divorce may help him clear his debt, reported Shin Min.

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