Lawrence Roach, 48, of Largo, Florida, was married to Julia Roach for 18 years before they got divorced. He was ordered to pay her alimony until her death or remarriage.

But then Julia decided to undergo transgender surgery and become a man. Her name is now Julio Roberto Silverwolf.

Roach petitioned the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court for Pinnelas County to terminate alimony. He argued that it would be illegal for him to marry a man, so he why should he be required to pay alimony to a man. He also argued that the court should consider the sex change as the equivalent of the death of his ex-wife.

Judge Jack R. St. Arnold ruled against Roach, finding that gender was maintained for life and that Florida law did not recognize Silverwolf as a man. The case is on appeal.