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Full-time housewife gets 50,000 yuan compensation for household labor after divorce
Published on: 2021-02-23
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A woman in Beijing received a 50,000-yuan compensation for household labor during divorce proceedings. This was the first time in China a divorce case reached a decision like this, which sparked an outcry on Chinese social media on Monday and triggered discussions on Chinese women's status and place in families.
 

According to media report, the woman, surnamed Wang, asked for a 50,000-yuan household labor compensation because she was responsible for most of the domestic work since her marriage with her husband surnamed Chen in 2015, including taking care of children and maintaining the house.
 

The court, besides dividing the couple's common property equally, also ruled that Wang was legally divorced from her husband Chen and that he had to pay the compensation to Wang.
 

Feng Miao, the judge who presided the case explained that the decision was made according to the Article 1088 of the Civil Code of the People's Republic of China, which stipulates that "Where one spouse is burdened with additional duties for raising children, looking after the elderly, or assisting the other spouse in his/her work, the said spouse has the right to request for compensation upon divorce against the other party, and the other party shall make due compensation."
 

Some netizens hailed the judgement, taking it as a recognition of full-time wives' work. Others said 50,000 yuan for household labor compensation to a full-time wife in Beijing is far from enough, noting that the payment for a house cleaner for six months is more than that.
 

Some netizens, taking the case further to the aspect of gender issue, alleged that women should not be full-time housewives anyway.
 

This case is a good start and regulations on the compensation for household labor in China would continue to improve.
 

全职太太离婚获5万家务补偿

近日,北京市房山区人民法院适用民法典新规定首次审结一起离婚家务补偿案件,这也是涉及全职太太的离婚案件。
 

在这起案件中,陈某与王某于2015年登记结婚并育有一子陈小某,2018年7月两人分居,陈小某随王某生活。此后两年内,陈某三次向法院提起诉讼要求离婚。
 

王某认为,婚后自己照顾孩子、料理家务,陈某除了上班,其他家庭事务几乎不关心也不参与;同时,双方在婚姻存续期间出资为陈某母亲名下房屋进行装修,且陈某与第三者居住在一起对王某造成精神损失,故要求分割财产,并赔偿物质损失和精神损失共计16万元。
 

最终,法院判决陈某与王某离婚;孩子陈小某由王某抚养,陈某每月给付抚养费2000元,享有探望权;共同财产由双方平均分割;同时判决陈某给付王某家务补偿款5万元。
 

一部分网友认为,作为北京的一名全职太太,虽然已经平均分割财产,但是5年只获得5万元的家务补偿实在太少,毕竟平均一天27元的薪资,这个水平连一般的保姆都找不到。
 

这样的观点得到不少人认可,做过家务的人都知道,操持家务一点都不比出去上班轻松,只会更辛苦。
 

不过,也有一种声音质疑这笔补偿是否有存在的必要性。这部分网友认为,这个家庭的结构是典型的男主外、女主内,虽然这位全职太太在这段婚姻中承担了大部分家务,但她也享受了男方工作所带来的经济效益,大家只是分工不同,何来补偿一说?

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