June 19, 2019
An Argentinian man has been ordered to pay his ex-wife £142,000 because she left her career to raise their children and do chores during their 29-year marriage.
The woman, identified only as ML, is now 70 and has an economics degree but is considered too old to get a job.
Argentina’s National Appeal Court ruled that the woman faced financial hardship following the separation, while the man, also 70, had ‘a good time’.
They got married in 1982 before separating 27 years later, in 2009, and divorcing in 2011.
Argentinian news outlet Clarin Sociedad reported the story and said that judge Victoria Famá considered how the woman took care of the household while the man worked.
The amount is unprecedented for divorce financial compensation, USA Today reported.
It is thought that Argentinian women spend twice the amount of time per day caring for children and doing household chores compared with men.
Lucia Martelotte, deputy executive director of the Latin American Justice and Gender Team, said: ‘This verdict is very novel because it acknowledges that what we do in our homes is a job, care tasks are a job because they involve time, effort and skill.
‘But this goes unseen and women do not get a salary for that.’
She added that Argentinian women who bear children face lower employment rates that those who don’t.
The judge’s ruling read: ‘The economic dependence of wives on their husbands is one of the central mechanisms through which women are subordinated to society.
‘In most families, women still mainly assume the burden of domestic chores and the care of children, even when they perform some external activity.’
However, the judge added that someone who had no job training or did not leave a job to fulfill household duties would not be entitled to the same compensation as ML.