I recently had a new client call me for a free phone consultation. Kathy wanted to file for a divorce, but she was concerned that her husband threatened to stop supporting her and her children if she did. Kathy is a full-time mother of three, and does not have an individual income outside of her husband’s salary.
Often, individuals are upset and emotional knowing a divorce is looming, and a spouse will threaten to discontinue financial support if their partner continues to pursue separation.
“Can my husband cut me off before my divorce is final”? She asked. She was worried about her financial welfare, and the well-being of her children.
The answer is NO, your spouse cannot cut you off. I immediately filed papers with the family court on behalf of my client, asking the judge to enter a Status Quo Order.
A Status Quo Order is a legal request, that when granted, states that everything must stay the same. Your spouse must continue to pay the family bills, mortgage and daily living expenses until both parties have reached a formal negotiation and agreement.
Simply stated, he has to keep paying! Call me, attorney Alex Benson, and I’ll insure we set the stage for your divorce that best protects you and your children’s future.