(ORDO NEWS) — A Spanish court recently ordered a Malaga businessman to pay his ex-wife €204,000 “in compensation for unpaid housework” during the 25 years they were married.
A woman who has dedicated 25 years of her life to supporting her entrepreneurial husband and caring for their two daughters recently received 204,000 euros in compensation for all her work.
The couple married in June 1995, when they were in their early twenties, and the following month they signed a division of property.
The document basically stated that each spouse retains exclusive ownership of property acquired during the marriage.
This turned out to be much more profitable for the husband, who opened several businesses, while the wife took care of their two young daughters and did all the housework.
“She was his shadow, working behind his back so that he would grow professionally and become someone,” the woman’s lawyer told the court.
“All this time she was focused on her family. So that her husband could focus on his business projects, she stayed with the girls.”
The family ended up moving to different municipalities in Malaga based on her husband’s needs, but when he refused to pay for her 16-year-old daughter’s higher education, forcing her to work to pay for her education, the wife finally got fed up with the situation and in 2020 she applied for divorce.
Because of the signed division of property alone, the husband retained most of the valuable assets, while she received rights to only half of the house they owned together.
Knowing that her ex-husband was left with valuable assets such as a lucrative olive oil farm, luxury cars and other real estate, while she had nothing to show for all the work she had done in her 25 years of marriage, the woman decided to sue for compensation in December 2020.
“She, like many other women, devoted her entire working life to her daughters, while her husband had time to develop his professional career,” said lawyer Marta Fuentes.
“And it’s important that it be recognized that the time they’ve dedicated to their family, rather than their professional life, has value.”
After two years of litigation, a judge in Malaga awarded the wife €204,000 in compensation for her unpaid housework during a 25-year marriage, which the woman’s lawyer says represents the minimum wage for 25 years.
The sentence also includes €1,000 monthly alimony for the two daughters and a €500 pension for their mother. The husband has already announced his intention to appeal the decision.
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