Court orders woman’s ex-husband to pay her $215K for 25years of housework during marriage

A 48-year-old lady in Spain will receive 204,000 (about $215,000) from her ex-husband as payment for performing unpaid housekeeping during their marriage, according to a court decision.

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Ivana Moral, who requested a divorce from her ex-husband in 2020, will receive a monthly income of €500 (about $528) from him, according to iNews and the Spanish-language publication El Pais.

According to the publications, a judge in Málaga determined the pension’s total value based on the couple’s 25-year marriage and the minimum professional monthly pay.

Moral said she “exclusively” handled the couple’s housework during their marriage, reported EuroNews


She also argued that during that time, she could not pursue her own career because of “her exclusive dedication to the home and family,” while her ex-husband “accumulated and exponentially increased his assets,” the outlet reports.


Conversely, Moral’s ex built a flourishing gym business that meant he could afford lavish purchases, iNews reported.


Moral claimed her ex also refused to pay for one of their daughter’s studies when she turned 16, according to the outlet.


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“Clearly this was a case of abuse to be completely excluded financially (by my ex-husband) with nothing left after my marriage ended, so me and my daughters were left with nothing after all these years of putting all my time, energy and love in the family,” Moral told the outlet.


“I was supporting my husband in his work and in the family as a mother and a father,” she added. “I was never allowed access to his financial affairs; everything was in his name.”


“This ruling represents the labour of all the women in the shadows and who, without a doubt, constitute a fundamental support in personal, marital, and familiar terms during years and years so that the ex-husband could develop his professional career and a rise in wealth which at the moment of separation could not share,” Moral’s attorney, Marta Fuentes, told iNews.


“So he could get on in his career, she stayed at home to look after the children, and they never contacted anyone to help her,” she continued. “She was his shadow, working behind [him] so he could rise professionally and become someone.”

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