This issue often comes up right at the beginning of a divorce. Most Judges issue an initial Order called a “Status Quo Order” which requires people to continue doing what they were doing prior to the filing for divorce. These Orders bar people from closing bank accounts, changing beneficiaries or ceasing contributions to the marital funds. In short, a “Status Quo Order” requires everyone to behave financially until things get sorted out. Despite the entry of such an Order, sometimes people do not behave and the Judge has to get involved. The first stages of a divorce can be very tricky, depending on the dynamics between the parties. Do not do it alone. Call me, I can help.


Michael Olson is a partner with the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC in Howell.  He answers readers’ questions on legal matters affecting individuals, their families and their businesses.  Email questions to [email protected], or if your question is urgent, call (517) 548-7400.  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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