Begley v. Begley
A court can award each party exclusive possession of the marital residence on alternating weeks during the pendente lite period. The parties married in 1997 and have two children. In December 2012, the wife filed to dissolve the marriage. Initially, the parties reached agreement that during the pendente lite period the children, 11 and 13, would remain in the marital residence, and the parties would take turns visiting the children, every other day. The wife became worried that the husband was seeking to obtain custody, and she began to share her anger with the husband and the children. The wife also was unhappy that the guardian ad litem interviewed the husband in the marital residence and the wife in the courthouse. The court denied the husband's motion for exclusive possession of the marital residence, pendente lite. Each party shall enjoy exclusive possession of the marital residence on alternating weeks, starting at Saturday at 12 p.m. The other party can visit the children, away from the premises, on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. The parties shall discuss parenting decisions on OurFamilyWizard.com and, if unable to agree, shall consult with the guardian ad litem and then return to court. The court ordered the parties to respond to e-mails within 24 hours. Neither party may criticize, harass or threaten the other party. Neither party may introduce the minor children to unrelated third parties, except for family members and friends with whom they are familiar. They may not drink alcohol during parenting time. The court ordered the parties to share equally the costs of unreimbursed health care and extra curricular activities. The court did not award child support. The court ordered the wife, who has been working as a homemaker, to make reasonable efforts to obtain full-time employment.