Teresia Matheka, a High Court judge, has ruled that being a housewife should be regarded as a full-time profession. The judge, who was presiding over a divorce property dispute, stated that courts should not conclude that housewives make no substantial contribution to a family’s financial development.
Housewives, according to Justice Matheka, provide full-time services at home and should not be considered jobless. She went on to say that it was unfair to use visible money and the attitude that one must delve deep into one’s pockets to evaluate one’s financial worth throughout a marriage.
“It is easy for the spouse working away from home and sending money to lay claim to the whole property purchased and developed with that money by the spouse staying at home and taking of the children and the family. That spouse will be heard saying that the other one was not employed so they did not contribute anything.
“Raising children is a full-time job that families pay a person to do as well as cooking and cleaning. Hence, for a woman in employment who has to balance childbearing and rearing this contribution must be considered,” she said.
The judge also urged her counterparts to consider the 9 months of pregnancy when presiding over cases of matrimonial disputes.
She opined that carrying a pregnancy is equivalent to working, noting that some couples have lately resorted to hiring surrogate mothers to bear children for them.
Justice Matheka made the statements as she read her ruling in a case where a divorced lady sought to have their family property sold and the money shared equally between her and her ex-husband.
She ruled that the property be sold and money shared equally, or one of the spouses buy out the other party by paying half the value of the property that the party is entitled to.
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