Feb. 25, 2021

In a landmark judgment delivered weeks after China enforced its new civil code, a divorce court in Beijing has ordered a man to compensate his ex-wife for the housework she did during five years of marriage.


  • The court has split their joint property equally, and ordered the man to pay around $7,700 to his former wife as “housework compensation”.

  • On January 1, the Chinese government brought into force a new civil code, which legal experts have described as offering greater protection for individual rights.

  • Before the new law came into force, such compensation could be demanded only in cases where a prenuptial agreement had been signed– in itself an uncommon practice.