China: Court orders man to pay ex-wife $7700 for unpaid housework

The case has generated a massive debate on social media over domestic work value, with some saying the compensation amount was too little.

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In a landmark ruling, a Chinese divorce court has ordered a man to pay his ex-wife for unpaid housework during their marriage of five years.

The wife will receive $7,700 for five years of unpaid labor.

The case has generated a massive debate on social media over domestic work value, with some saying the compensation amount was too little.

The ruling comes after China introduces a new civil code.

According to details, the man identified by the name Chen, had filed for divorce last year from his wife, Wang. The couple was married in 2015.

The wife was reluctant to divorce at first but later requested financial compensation, arguing that Chen had not helped her in any housework or childcare responsibilities for their son.

Following this, the District Court ruled in her favor, ordering the husband to pay Wang a monthly alimony of $310 and a one-off payment of $7700 for the housework she has done.

The presiding judge revealed that the division of a couple’s joint property after marriage usually involves splitting tangible property. But housework constitutes intangible property value.

According to the new law, a spouse is entitled to seek compensation in a divorce if they bear more responsibility in child-raising, attending elderly relatives, and supporting partners in their work.

Previously, divorcing spouses could only demand such compensation if a prenuptial agreement had been signed – an unusual practice in China.

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