The Jon and Kate saga continues with Jon allegedly pulling $230,000 from the couple’s joint account leaving Kate only $1,000.
Kate claims she has a stack of family bills that the money was supposed to cover and now she can’t pay them. (Here’s a link to an overview story. Here’s a link to Kate’s side of it. Here’s a link to Jon’s side of it.)
Is it a dirty trick or should it be expected that one spouse is going to raid the joint bank account when getting divorced?
I called Atlanta attorney Melody Richardson of Pachman Richardson, LLC, to find out if:
Richardson, whose practice is limited to family law, says in Georgia joint accounts are NOT automatically frozen when you file for divorce so theoretically your spouse could wipe it out to zero.
However, she adds it hardly ever happens because “If one spouse leaves the other one high and dry, there will be some really negative consequences.”
Richardson says judges do not look kindly on that and it will bite you on the bottom!
There are three things you can do to help protect your joint account from raiding:
So that means, “No new house, no new house for your girlfriend and no new boobs!” explains Richardson.
3. She says some women who don’t trust their spouses at all open a new account and remove half of the money from the joint account before they even file for divorce. That will protect your half, but it also tips your hubby off as to what is coming.
Richardson says women should go with their instincts if they think they may be getting divorced.
“If their spouse has already turned crazy, they need to protect themselves.”
The good news is if your account does get raided, Richardson says in Georgia, at least, the court can move pretty quickly to rectify it.
So what do you think? Did Jon play dirty raiding their joint account? Should he have to give it back?
Did you or your spouse raid your joint accounts? How did that go over? What happened after the giant withdrawal?
Did you take precautions to protect your accounts when getting divorced? What were you advised to do?