it could be worse: Man Fights To Stop Paying Alimony After Ex-Wife Becomes Man A man in Pinellas County, Fla., is fighting to stop alimony payments to his ex-wife because the woman has become a man after a sex change operation, according to a Local 6 News report. Lawrence Roach and his wife divorced about a year ago after being married more than 17 years. After the divorce, Roach was ordered to pay more than $1,200 a month to his ex-wife in alimony. However, Roach's ex-wife recently had a sex change and is living as a man with a new identity. "If you can't be married to a man legally, how can you legally pay alimony to a man?" Roach said. "This isn't right. It's humiliating to me and degrading. You know, I'm a man, and I don't want to be paying alimony to a man." However, legal experts said sex change or not, Roach is legally bound to pay alimony to his ex-wife. "His divorce decree is basically a contract that he has to follow," legal analyst Joe Episcopo said. "Alimony is based on their relationship while they were married -- not after the marriage is over." Episcopo said unless Roach's ex-wife remarries or one of them dies, he is required by law to pay alimony for life. Roach said he is now trying to change the law, Local 6 News reported.