Am I allowed to access my husband's checking account that are in his name only? 28 Answers as of May 30, 2013

Am I entitled to access my husband's checking and savings accounts that are in his name only?

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Law Office of William L Spern | William Spern
No. Only your husband or a court of competent jurisdiction can allow you access to the accounts.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/9/2012
Bruning & Associates, PC
Bruning & Associates, PC | Kevin Bruning
The bank at which your husband's accounts are located will probably not allow you to access his accounts. However, in a divorce case, you are entitled to complete documentation related to all accounts held by your husband.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 1/9/2012
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Are you asking if you can force him or the bank to let you have access without filing a divorce? The answer to that question is no. If you are in a divorce, can you get access (at least for the purposes of seeing what is in the account)? The answer to that question is yes.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 1/8/2012
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
No. You are bound by the bank rules with regard to accessing those accounts. In any divorce action, any marital asset maybe divided including those that appear in only one party's name.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 1/7/2012
H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
Unless you're listed on the account as an authorized party, there is no reason to believe you would be able to access the account in any way.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    You need to establish whether or not these accounts are community or separate. You would be entitled to information about both types of accounts but only entitled to funds from the community account. You need to consult a family law attorney to determine their character and your rights.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc.
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc. | Mark Brown
    Unless you are an authorized signor on the banking account, the bank will not permit you access to the funds.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    If you don't have his permission you are no different than any other stranger. Aside from whatever impact your intrusion has on your relationship, the consequences of your actions will likely depend on what you do with your unlawful access. Just looking is much different from stealing money, but both are unlawful.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    No. Your question makes me wonder just what is going on in your marriage. Are you thinking of getting a divorce? If yes, then you will be able to take legal action.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Horizons Law Group, LLC
    Horizons Law Group, LLC | Michelle B. Fitzgerald
    If you need funds to support yourself, you can file a support action with the local child support office, even if it is just support for you (called maintenance). This is not a divorce but rather an action for support only.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    If your name is not on the account, the bank should not give you access. However, if it is community income or money you could go to court and ask a judge to release funds to you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Steven Harrell, Attorney at Law | Waymon Steven Harrell
    The banks generally have rules that prevent a party from accessing the funds on deposit if the account is not a joint account.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    No, not unless you get his permission.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation | Elizabeth Jones
    No.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Joan M. Canavan | Joan Canavan
    You are not allowed to access your husband's checking accout that is in his name only. Since he is the only signatory on the account, the bank will not let you have access to his account without a court order. However, pursuant to Supplemental Rule 401 of the Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedures, once a Complaint for Divorce has been filed and service has been accepted by the other spouse, your Husband will have to provide you with three years worth of bank statements on all accounts for which he is a signatory.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    The bank would probably have a problem with this. The acounts MAY be included as marital property in a divorce, though. Please consult with a local attorney before you do anything.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Offices of Jayson A. Soobitsky, P.A. | Jayson A. Soobitsky
    You cannot access your husband's bank accounts unless you are an authorized user of the account. All account information may be subpoenaed through the court.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    Yes, if there are earnings in these accounts acquired during the marriage, those funds are community.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    No, not unless he authorizes it.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 1/6/2012
    Vargas Law Office LLC | Ronnie Ismael Vargas
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    The Law Offices of Laura A. Walker | Laura A. Walker
    No, but during a divorce action you could be entitled to half the funds.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    That depends on how you define "access". If you are inquiring as to whether or not the bank will allow you to withdraw funds from an account that is solely in your husband's name and to which you have no written right of access, the bank will not allow you to make any such withdrawals from that account. If you are going through a divorce, you can perform discovery regarding those accounts, you can get access to information and bank records pertaining to those accounts through such discovery and/or through subpoenas to the bank, and you will be entitled to your community share of funds existing in those accounts as of the date of separation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Peyton and Associates | Barbara Peyton
    The bank won't grant you access. But the court in a divorce proceeding will compel your husband to show you the information in the bank account or you can subpena the bank records.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2012
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