High Court judge Teresia Matheka has declared that, being a house wife is a full time payable job.
The judge, who was presiding over a matrimonial property dispute, said that it was rather unfair for the courts to rule that house wives have no significant contribution to the financial contribution of the family and yet they work full day.
Judge Matheka pointed out that, house wives offers full time services at home, why should they regard themselves as jobless and broke?
She further stated that, it was unfair to use visible income and the mindset that, one has to dig deep into their pocket in order to evaluate a family financial problem.
“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 clarified.
She added that, one should consider the 9 months of carriying pregnancy when presiding matrimonial property dispute.
She stated that, carrying pregnancy for nine months is a heavy job, noting that if one would hire a surrogate mother to carry their child for them, they would have paid for that service.
Justice Matheka made this statement as she read her ruling in a case where divorced lady sought to have family property be sold and share the money equally between her and ex-husband.