Ivana Moral, a 48-year-old woman in Spain is set to be paid $215,000 USD by her ex-husband. The court ruled that she is owed compensation for doing unpaid housework during their marriage.
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She will receive $528 USD a month from her ex-husband. She filed for divorce in 2020. New outlets iNews and El Pais reported that the amount of the pension was chosen by a Malaga judge. It was based on the minimum wage for professional employment over the course of their 25 years of marriage.
Their daughters will also receive payment as well. A monthly payment of $429 and $637 will be given to each daughter, ages 14 and 20. The husband is currently appealing the decision.
In court, Moral stated that she exclusively completed all of the housework while they were married. She also argued that she couldn’t pursue her own career dreams and goals because of “her exclusive dedication to the home and family.” She stated that her ex-husband “accumulated and exponentially increased his assets.”
Her ex-husband built a large and successful gym business affording him the luxury of lavish things. He also refused to pay for an advanced education for one of their daughter’s.
“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,” Moral shared with a local news outlet.
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“I was supporting my husband in his work and in the family as a mother and a father,” she continued. “I was never allowed access to his financial affairs; everything was in his name.”
Her attorney, Marta Fuentes, also released a statement regarding the incident. “This ruling represents the labour of all the women in the shadows and who, without a doubt, constitute a fundamental support in personal, marital, and familiar terms during years and years so that the ex-husband could develop his professional career and a rise in wealth which at the moment of separation could not share.”
“So he could get on in his career, she stayed at home to look after the children, and they never contacted anyone to help her,” she added. “She was his shadow, working behind [him] so he could rise professionally and become someone.”