Can my husband of almost 20 years keep me out a bank account?

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Can my husband of almost 20 years keep me out a bank account?

I have always had access to banking, although he would never put my name on account, I’ve paid bills, even wrote checks and signed his name more than he did with his knowledge over the past 21 years, and now he left during the middle of the night, without any means to provide and support my minor child. I have been a stay at house homemaker, at his urgency to leave a career. He told me if I write a check for even groceries he will shut the account down and I will have nothing, which I already have nothing due to him refusing to provide. Nothing is in my

name, I’m just trying to provide, seek and gain employment that he is knowingly prevented me from doing. Is this allowed, and if I write a check knowing how much is in the bank, without jeopardizing said account can he have me arrested. Legally married and biological minor child is his.

Asked on October 7, 2017 under Family Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You need to seek legal help as soon as you possibly can.  The funds in that account were earned during the marriage and are marital funds subject to equitable distribution in a divorce.  So they are half yours.  You will need to speak with an attorney about filing for divorce, changing the locks, filing for temproary support for you and for your child and discuss rehabilitative alimony for the futire.  Good luck.


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