A court in Spain has ordered a businessman to pay his ex-wife an amount equal to $213,000 for the 25 years that she worked unpaid in the house.
Judge Laura Ruiz Alaminos, who was ruling over the case in Velez-Malaga in southern Spain, made the verdict public today. The decision is being hailed as a milestone divorce settlement, and it was made public by the judge.
The amount of money that will be given to Ivana Moral, who was previously married to the businessman, was calculated according to the yearly minimum salary for the duration of the couple’s marriage.
Divorce Settlement After 25 Years of Marriage
Throughout their marriage, which started in 1995 and lasted until 2020, the judge found that Moral had devoted almost all of her time to caring for their children and worked as a homemaker.
At the beginning of their marriage, Moral’s husband had requested that she sign a separation of property agreement, which established the rules that would govern their marriage in the event that they had children.
It was made clear that whatever wealth any party accumulated belonged only to them, and the only things they had in common were their goods. Under these terms, Moral would have had no access to any of the riches that had been built up over the course of their years of collaboration.
She said, “I was never allowed access to his financial affairs; everything was in his name.”
The judgment also said that Moral’s ex-husband had to give her a pension equal to $525 per month, in addition to paying $421 and $630 to their two kids, who are now 20 and 14 years old, respectively.
Ms. Moral’s Contentment With the Verdict
After many years of labor, Moral expressed her contentment with the reward she had earned. Ivana 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.”
According to the judgment, ever since she was married, Moral had committed herself “to essentially working in the home, which meant looking after the home and the family and all that involves.”
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Her ex-husband had only given her permission to work at his gyms, where she was in charge of “public relations and acted as a monitor.”
She said, “I have dedicated myself exclusively to housework, looking after my husband and the house.” Ms. Moral further said her husband had made her take on the specific role of performing household tasks, to the point where, she said, “I was in a place where I couldn’t really do much else.”
It is anticipated that Ms. Moral’s ex-husband will file an appeal of the ruling. Moral, on the other hand, has high hopes that her story would encourage other women to fight for their own rights.