Asked in Divorce for Missouri

Q: If I am still married can I switch my direct deposit and money to another account not in my wife's name/joint account?

The reason I want to do this is because she took our 20000 dollars in savings and put it into an account I have no access to. Also the reason I ask is that I give her 350 dollars a week and feel it's not right if she decided to do that.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Christopher Fink
Christopher Fink
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: It is your right to deposit your money into your own account. However, the structure of the account does not convert the funds to a non-marital asset. Your income and her income are considered marital property regardless of how the account is set up. Similar to a vehicle purchased during the marriage that is titled in an individual name rather than joint is still considered a marital asset.

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