A Chinese man has been ordered to pay the equivalent of almost £5,500 to his ex-wife as recompense for housework carried out during their five-year marriage. 

The payment follows last month’s implementation of a new civil code under which a divorcing spouse can claim compensation if, for instance, they undertook the majority of the housework. 

Under China’s civil code, which was implemented on 1 January 2021, a divorcing party is entitled to claim compensation from the other spouse on the basis that they bear more duties in taking care of children or ‘elder families’, or provided assistance with the other party's career during the existence of the marriage.

If the parties cann...

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