The parties in this case were married on June 8, 1996 and separated after approximately 11 years of marriage on March 30, 2007. At the end of June 2007, the Respondent moved out of the jointly owned matrimonial home, granting the Applicant de facto exclusive possession of the matrimonial home which she was living in with the two children of the marriage.

During the marriage, in 2001, the Respondent and Applicant agreed that she would forego any viable career opportunities in order to stay home and take care of the family.  The Respondent held a prestigious executive position from which he was deriving a substantial income, thus facilitating the decision for the Applicant to become a stay-at-home mom. 

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