Under China’s Civil Code, which entered into force this year, divorcing spouses have, for the first time, the right to seek compensation if they have taken on more responsibilities at home.
Ms. Wang, a housewife, testified in a Beijing court that during her marriage she took care of “her son and household chores” while her husband, “outside of his job, did not care. and did not participate in family chores “.
The wife therefore demanded the payment of financial compensation, according to a court report published on February 4.
The court ruled that the mother had indeed taken on more household chores. He demanded that the ex-husband pay him 50,000 yuan ($ 7,745) as compensation, which seems to be a first in China.
But Ms. Wang, who asked for 160,000 yuan ($ 24,784), appealed the decision this week, according to local media. An initiative that sparked a heated debate on the social network Weibo.
“Just 50,000 yuan in compensation for the household for five years of marriage? It is rather profitable for the guy!”, Responded an Internet user.
“In six months, a full-time nanny costs more than that,” said another.
The amount of compensation was defined by the courts based on several criteria, including the length of the marriage, “Ms. Wang’s efforts to (perform) household chores, (her husband’s) income and the cost of living local “, explained one of the judges, quoted by several media.