Woman used Facebook to find husband had married someone else
Lynn France typed two words into the search box on Facebook: the name of the woman with whom she believed her husband was having an affair.
There they were. Wedding photos. At Walt Disney World, no less, featuring her husband John dressed as Prince Charming.
“I was numb with shock, to tell you the truth,” says France, an occupational therapist from Cleveland, Ohio. “There was like an album of 200 pictures on there. Their whole wedding.”
Her husband claimed yesterday that his 2005 marriage to Lynn was never valid, that she knew about the other marriage and was making the Facebook claim as a publicity ploy.
Lynn (41) was not completely blindsided by her Facebook discovery, which happened in January 2009.
The previous autumn she had grown suspicious when her husband began taking frequent business trips. Once she found his passport at home when he was supposed to be in China. In October, before leaving on another trip, her husband left a hotel website up on a computer screen.
“So I actually went there with a girlfriend, just to see for myself for sure,” she says. “He was there with this girlfriend. I said, ‘Hey, I'm his wife. We've got a baby.'”
The woman told Lynn that she was engaged to John. A friend recommended checking the woman's Facebook page. There, France found evidence of an unfolding relationship. It wasn't until she saw the wedding photos that she finally began divorce proceedings.
Lynn's husband, John France, does not deny he has remarried. Rather, he simply is insisting he was never married to Lynn in the first place.
He claimed she was in a losing battle for custody of their sons and was using the Facebook story for attention. Lynn and John France were married in July 2005 in a seaside wedding on Italy's Amalfi Coast, having organised the event through Regency San Marino. On the company's website, Lynn’s portrait still appears in a gauzy veil, the brilliant blue sea behind her.
But three months ago Lynn says her husband took the couple's son (2) out of her arms and said he was going to give him some milk.
She hasn't seen them since. John France had taken them to Tampa, Florida, where he currently lives with his new wife. For Lynn, the only glimpse of her children now comes, ironically, from the same Facebook page where she found those fairytale wedding photos.