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09th Mar 2023

Spanish man ordered to pay ex-wife €200k for 25 years of housework

Clodagh McKeon

Wait, what, €200k?

A Spanish court ordered a man to pay his ex-wife €200,000 for 25 years of unpaid domestic labour.

This was based on what she would have earned on the minimum wage throughout their marriage.

The couple had two daughters together and under their marriage agreement, it was specified that whatever each party earned was theirs alone.

In this case, it would have left the wife with no access to any of the wealth the pair acquired through years of partnership.

The court mediator said that since marrying, the wife had dedicated herself “to working in the home, which meant looking after the house and the family.”

Legal papers showed a breakdown of what she would have earned annually for the years between June 1995 and December 2020 and that came to a total of €204,624.86 – damn.

The ex-husband was also ordered to pay her a monthly childcare allowance for the daughters, one of whom is a minor while the other is over 18.

The woman involved was speaking to a radio station in Spain and said her husband did not “want her to work” outside the home although he let her work at the gyms he owned, where she handled “public relations and acted as a monitor.”

She explained that apart from that work, “I had dedicated myself exclusively to housework, looking after my husband and the house.

“He made me take on the specific role of doing domestic chores, to the extent that I was in a place where I couldn’t really do much else.”

She said the sentence had made her “very happy” because it was money that was “very well deserved” – totally agree.

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