Argentina Judge Awards Housewife $187,000 For Value of Housework in Divorce

Argentina Judge awards Housewife $187,000 for value of housework in Divorce.

Finally! Some smart Judge in Argentina, Judge Victoria Farma, recognizes the value of a clean house and food on the table.  In a landmark decision, Judge Farma awarded 8 million pesos to a 70-year-old divorcing woman, for the value of her taking care of the home for 30 years during the marriage.  ($178,000 USD).  The Judge noted the woman gave up her career in Economics to stay home and maintain a home.

“The economic dependence of wives on their husbands is one of the central mechanisms through which women are subordinated in society,” Famá said in her ruling.

“In most families, women still mainly assume the burden of domestic chores and the care of children, even when they work outside the home,” the ruling added.

The amount awarded was considered “reasonable to re-balance the disparate economic situation of the spouses resulting from the marriage and its breakup,” the judge said.

HELL YES!! Finally a Judge that notes how much it’s worth to take care of a HOME.  Personally, I run a law firm and my family.  Which is harder?  Obviously, a law firm.  But what takes more time???  My home.  The value of having a dependable housewife is priceless.  Someone to clean it, cook, sweep, dust, fix plumbing and other issues  -that, my friends, is time-consuming and extremely extremely valuable.  I have personally had to reduce the number of hours I had to work after my children were born, just to keep a home.

A big shout-out to all you stay at home mothers who make lives easier.  I wish polygamy were legal in California – because I would marry you and compensate you greatly if I ever divorced you.


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Kelly Chang Rickert

Kelly Chang Rickert (formerly Kelly Yi-Yi Chang) is the founder of the Law Offices of Kelly Chang, A Professional Law Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to Family Law. She has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. She is frequently quoted in the media, and is a legal expert for Style Network, TV Guide and MTV on Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Christie Brinkley and Madonna divorce and custody cases.

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