Q: I will like to understand marital financial rights?
My husband seem to be controlling about finances, his the only one that works, while I take care of out three small children.
He hides all his information, ignores me when I remind him about some of my bills and seem like he wants me to beg him, including to be intimate.
I appreciate any help I can get
A: Not sure I can answer this question very well, but I'll do my best. You have the right to seek information about any jointly owned accounts from the financial institution itself. So the extent you have a joint bank account, you can go to the bank in question and get statements and information.
If there are accounts in his name only, you don't have this right. While married couples should freely share this information among themselves, you often find this isn't the case. If the secretive and controlling behaviors aren't something you can handle, you may have to raise these issues with him through counseling.
Absent a change in behavior, you will have to determine if this is something you can live with or if you wish to initiate a separation.
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