Broken Arrow, OK asked in Divorce and Employment Law for Oklahoma

Q: What can happen to a lump sum unemployment payment I received after my husband filed divorce? Can he take half?

I received a lump sum of Oklahoma pandemic unemployment insurance money a month after my husband filed divorce. It’s in an unknown account & he does not know about it. It was from 2020 and they just now paid it out 3 years later. We decided it was more beneficial I stay home with our baby after I became unemployed. Then right after my husband files for divorce he transferred all the money from the marital account and left the kids and I without any money whatsoever and said he absolutely will not pay child support. Will I have to split half of this money with him? Is there any way around this without doing anything illegal?

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Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Your question is a technical one. If you divorce has not been finalized then more often than not this will be viewed as marital income and would be subject to splitting. Intentional hiding of money is a major issue that should be avoided. Based on your other facts there may be a way around this however you need to contact a family law attorney for your best analysis.

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