Q: 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?
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.