A man has been ordered to compensate his wife for the housework she did during their marriage.
As per the details, Beijing’s Fangshan District Court has ordered the man in a landmark ruling. The man identified by surname Chen had filed for divorce last year from his wife surnamed Wang. Both had gotten married in 2015.
She did not want the divorce first but later requested financial compensation. She claimed that her husband had not taken the responsibility for any housework or childcare for their son.
The court decided in her favor. It ordered the husband to pay her monthly alimony of 2,000 yuan and a one-off payment of 50,000 yuan for the housework she has done during the marriage.
The presiding judge told the media on Monday that the division of a couple’s joint property after marriage usually entails splitting tangible property. “But housework constitutes intangible property value,” said the judge.
Divorcing spouses could only request such compensation if the prenuptial agreement had been signed.
According to the international news agency, the ruling was made according to the new civil code in China. As per the law, a spouse is entitled to seek compensation in a divorce if he or she bears more responsibility in child-raising, caring for elderly relatives, and assisting partners in their work.
Social media users reacted to the move. One commented, “I’m a bit speechless, the work of a full-time housewife is being underestimated. In Beijing, hiring a nanny for a year costs more than 50,000 yuan,” whereas another one commented, “Ladies, remember to always be independent. Don’t give up work after marriage, give yourself your own way out.”