He Married His Own GREAT AUNT, Now He’s Headed to Court to Get Her Money
Were his intentions true?
Mauricio and Yolanda
Mauricio Ossola is an Argentinian law student. Eight years ago, he moved in with his great aunt, Yolanda Torres, after his parents split up.
Mauricio and Yolanda married in February 2015, in what he says was a “discreet civil ceremony.” He has described their register office wedding as a “noble and legitimate decision.”
At 23 years old, Mauricio married Yolanda, who was 91 at the time. According to Mauricio, Yolanda’s “last wish” was to marry him. The two enjoyed a 14-month marriage before her death from health complications in 2016.
Mauricio explained: “Yolanda might have been over 90 but she was extremely lucid. But she wasn’t an expert when it came to the law and she wanted to be sure there were no legal problems with our marriage.”
This is called an “avunculate marriage,” and is illegal in most English speaking countries because it’s considered incest. Considering the age difference between the two, we can’t said if it was a consummated marriage, so, the incest issue might be moot here.
After Yolanda passed Mauricio was expecting to receive a weekly payment from his great aunt’s pension, but social services rejected his request. He vows that he will go to the highest court in the land if necessary to prove he should be paid out.
According to the Daily Mail, he told his local paper El Tribuno de Salta: “She was an important support in my life and us getting married was her last wish. I loved Yolanda in the purest way you can love someone and that feeling, along with the pain her loss caused me, will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
His request was denied because the neighbors told investigators they knew nothing about the marriage until after Yolanda’s passing. He replied, “Next to our house they’ve built a block where I know no-one at all. What could these neighbors know about us and our discreet civil marriage?”
Mauricio said Yolanda wished to help him finance his education —
“I said to Yolanda after the separation of my parents: ‘Look [Yolanda], I’m going to have to abandon my studies. Those were the circumstances that led to us getting married. Yolanda insisted I had to finish my studies. She would say to me, ‘I’m going to help you because you always take care of me, you go with me to the doctor’s and you’re always helping me with my problems.”
A similar case made international news when fellow Argentinian Reinaldo Wabeke married 82-year-old Adelfa Volpes. She died just 24 days after the wedding, while they were honeymooning in Rio de Janeiro. Reinaldo was 68 years younger. He is receiving a widower’s pension.
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