(ORDO NEWS) — A Chinese court recently issued a controversial ruling ordering a woman to pay 3.79 million yuan ($560,000) to her lover’s wife because their relationship was not recognized by law.
Recently in China, a wife sued her husband’s mistress in order to return all the material assets that he gave her during their romance. The court sided with the woman and ordered her mistress to pay as much as 3.79 million yuan to her lover’s wife.
According to documents released by the People‘s Court of Zhuanghe City in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, the plaintiff, a woman named Li, and her husband Wang have been married since 1991.
In 2008, Wang had an extramarital affair with another woman known as Xiaoxia. A couple of years ago, Lee found out about her husband’s affair after discovering that he regularly sent her sums of money.
Wang confessed to his affair, telling his wife that he also has a 10-year-old son with Xiaoxia and that he supported them for years.
Evidence presented in court showed that Wang transferred 1.47 million yuan ($217,700) to his mistress between 2013 and 2020, bought her two apartments for a total of 1.45 million yuan ($214,700), and also gave her a $870,000 ($128,800) car.
Xiaoxia claimed that she never knew that Wang was married and that the money she received from Wang over the years was for alimony, but the court said the case was about asset ownership, not alimony.
Chinese law states that neither party to the marriage can spend the couple’s common property without the consent of the other party, and since Li never gave her consent to Wang’s “gifts”, Xiaoxia must now return a total of 3.79 million yuan (560,000 dollars) to his lover’s wife.
The court told Xiaoxia that she had the option to file a separate case and sue Wang for child support.
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