Husband ordered to pay ex-wife millions after she gave up career to run household

The woman gave up her career to be a housewife, but has now received financial compensation.
The woman gave up her career to be a housewife, but has now received financial compensation. Photo credit: Getty

An Argentinian court has ordered a man to pay his ex-wife 8-million pesos (NZ$281,168) in compensation after she gave up her career throughout their 30-year marriage to become a housewife.

The unnamed woman, 70, holds an economics degree but gave up her career to devote her time to being a housewife, running the family home and raising children throughout the 30-year marriage. 

The National Appeal Court confirmed the ruling was granted this week, Buenos Aires Times reports.

Judge Victoria Famá said in the ruling that women being economically dependent on their husbands is central to maintaining women's continued societal subordination.

The magistrate based the monetary amount on balancing the "disparate economic situations of the spouses".

The couple formally separated in 2009 after the accused abandoned his wife when she turned 60 years old, and were divorced in 2011, the publication reports.

The award is said to be a record amount.

Newshub.

Contact Newshub with your story tips:
news@newshub.co.nz