What To Do If Your Spouse Cuts You Off

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If your spouse is the major breadwinner of the family, and you are going through a divorce, you run the risk of your spouse simply stopping the payment of household or other bills and cutting you off.  You may not have electricity, telephone, pool service, or  mortgage payments made if your spouse was normally paying these bills during the intact marriage.   What should you do to protect yourself?

The best advice is to stash cash during the marriage so you build up a separate nest egg for emergencies.  Going through a divorce and being cut off financially is one such emergency.   If that was not done or not possible, then you need to tap any line of credit you have to sustain yourself and the family until you can get into court.  Getting into court means filing a divorce action, attempting a mediation and…

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