Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Dollar Price of Homemaking in China

From NBC:

What's the value of household chores, such as washing the dishes or vacuuming?

A landmark ruling in China has triggered an intense debate by putting the answer at about $4 a day.

In a Beijing divorce court, a judge ruled this month that a woman should receive 50,000 yuan (about $7,700) for "household labor" following a split from her husband.

Chinese state media names the woman as Ms. Wang and said she married her husband, Mr. Chen, in 2015, before separating and then divorcing five years later. The couple have one son.

In a first of its kind ruling, Wang was granted compensation for domestic work under a new Civil Code, which came into force in China in January. A cornerstone of President Xi Jinping's push to reform the country's legal system, the code seeks to strengthen personal rights.

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