A Chinese court in Beijing has ordered a man to pay thousands of dollars to his ex-wife for housework as part of their divorce settlement.
The woman cleaned their home and raised their child on her own as her husband “barely cared about or participated in any kind of domestic chores,” reports China National Radio.
This landmark case had led to the husband having to pay an extra R112,000 to his ex-wife on top of their divorce agreement.
China has recently revised their legislative packages with the hope of better protecting individuals, like women, who leave their jobs to raise their kids with no income. After a divorce, these women find it difficult to enter the work force again as they have been without work, usually for several years.
With the revision of China’s marriage law, housework compensation was added as a benefit.
CNN reports that the ruling, which was first reported by local media in early February, became a trending topic this week on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service. This happened after a hashtag was created to draw attention to the court’s decision. As of Wednesday, the hashtag has been viewed more than 500 million times.
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