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Woman finds out her husband divorced her 20 years ago

It's not unusual for couples to spend decades together only to divorce, but in most cases, both parties are aware that the divorce is forthcoming and are involved in the decision at least to some degree. However, a recent story making headlines around the world shows that everything may not always be as it appears.

According to reports, a 59-year-old woman has filed suit against the man she thought had been her husband of 20 years. In fact, the 90-year-old man had divorced her shortly after their wedding in 1994 without her knowledge. Reports indicate that the man divorced her without telling her in an attempt to keep her from having a claim to his assets.

The divorce was apparently filed in the Dominican Republic but was never registered in New York, where the couple had married. According to court filings, the man claimed "incompatibility of temperaments" as the reason for the end of the marriage and portrayed his life with his new wife as "unbearable" to the Dominican Republic courts.

The woman did not find out about the divorce until last November when a tax bill came to the house in only her husband's name. Further investigation found that her husband had tried to remove her name from the home's deed using the divorce papers as proof that she had no legal standing as an owner.

According to reports, the divorce is not legal because neither party appeared in the Dominican Republic courts. It remains to be seen how the case will be handled in the U.S. courts and what will happen with the couple moving forward.

Source: New York Post, "Husband secretly divorced wife after wedding ‘to protect assets’," Kathianne Boniello, Jan. 24, 2016

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