A Spanish woman has been awarded just over €204,624 by a court after suing her ex-husband for years of ‘unpaid’ housework.
Ivana Moral’s ex-husband, who is a business man, was ordered to pay the money as part of a divorce settlement at a court in Velez-Malaga, Southern Spain.
Judge Laura Ruiz Alaminos calculated the amount in accordance with the Spanish minimum wage over the course of the pair’s marriage.
Speaking to i News, Moral said, “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,”.
Her ex- husband was also ordered to pay her €500 per month as a pension as well as €400, and €600 to their daughters aged 20 and 14.
Moral says that while the marriage lasted from 1995 to 2000 she was “supporting” her husband “in his work and in the family as a mother and a father.”
“I was never allowed access to his financial affairs; everything was in his name,”she said.
Moral’s ex husband was described to the court as a successful business man who purchased a series of luxury cars including a Porsche and Range Rover 4×4.
The woman claims that, despite his wealth, her ex-husband stopped financially supporting their elder daughter when the girl reached 16 and that the teenager was forced to find work to support her studies.
It was reported that the couple had signed a separation of goods agreement prior to their marriage, and that Moral was awarded half of the family’s home but no more.
Her legal representative said that Moral had stayed at home in order to allow her ex-husband to fully focus on his work and allow him to “become someone.”
Moral says she decided to go public with her story in order that other women would see what they can claim for housework when there is a separation of goods agreement.
Her ex-husband is expected to appeal the ruling.