Q: How can I limit overspending from my spouse as I already filled for a divorce summons?
My lawyer submitted the Action for Divorce Summons mid June 2021. We still have a joint bank account and my spouse has her own account for her LLC.
Since our separation my spouse spend twice more money as I do. Our expenses are higher than our income. While the summons for divorce has been filed, is there a way I can stop her overspending from our joint bank account? Can I block her access to our joint bank account? Can I set up a budget? Can explain the "stop the clock" process?
Thank you for your advice.
A: These are all questions that should be discussed with your attorney as you retained one. Beyond that, the only thing that can be said is that if the expenditures were frivolous you may be owed a credit in the divorce.
A: Due to the automatic orders, you cannot change the character of the joint account without her express permission. But you can generally do 2 things: (1) you can stop your direct deposit from going into that account & (2) discuss with your wife whether she agrees to simply split up the account. Schedule a consult with a NYC Divorce Attorney for a full assessment.
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