Protecting joint finances before separation notice

I’m about to give my husband notice that I’ll be moving out w/ our child. I’m concerned about his reaction & what he might do, especially w/ our joint bank accounts. If something were to happen (ie: he takes out a large sum of $), is there anything I can do prior to giving him this notice in order to protect our finances? Or, even afterwards if he does in fact do something w/ our shared accounts? Thx!

Before you give him notice, you can withdraw exactly 50% of each of the joint accounts and deposit the money into an account in your own individual name.

You can also ensure your paychecks are deposited into an account in your own individual name.

If he starts selling his stock or withdrawing from his retirement account, you can file in court for temporary restraining order (not a domestic violence protective order) and a preliminary injunction which can stop him from wasting marital assets before they are divided in equitable distribution.

Anna Ayscue

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