Charles A. Carpenter v. Barbara Ann Carpenter

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Petitioner wife appeals from the circuit court's order affirming the decision of the family court that (1) held petitioner in contempt for failure to make timely payments on the mortgage that is in the name of both petitioner and respondent husband; and (2) directed respondent husband, and a realtor of his choosing, to sell the marital home and be solely responsible for the terms of the sale. Petitioner asserts that these sanctions were not appropriate because respondent had not been harmed since late payments on the mortgage were never more than 30 days late and, therefore, were not reported to credit bureaus as being late. Petitioner seeks a reversal and a remand with instructions to dismiss the contempt petition unless respondent proves he has been harmed as a result of mortgage payments being less than 30 days late.