after the divorce is filed?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
You may spend what is necessary and reasonable, don't go overboard or the court may and still might order that amount attributed to your side of the marital estate. The rule is that you may use joint assets for ordinary and necessary expenses which include legal fees. As far as personal expense, food, shelter, reasonable clothing. I wouldn't buy a fur coat or a diamond bracelet unless you are very wealthy and that is ordinary to you. Take care and I hope it works out, moreso I hope that you find happiness.
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Usual expenses and there is defined limit on attorney fees
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Family Law Attorney
You are entitled to pay your personal expenses as you normally would have prior to the filing of divorce. The automatic restraining order is intended only to prevent either party from "gifting" significant sums of money, or otherwise, spending significant funds during the pendency of the divorce. You are entitled to utilize funds, joint or individual, to retain an Attorney to represent you as long as the amount is reasonable.
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Real Estate Attorney
Attorneys fees may be expended and must be reported on your financial statement. You may also continue to spend your money consistent with how you spent your money prior to filing for divorce. As the others have said, you may not make any substantial transfers of money or property and you should take care not to make any unreasonable purchases.
Family Law Attorney
I would agree with the other answers you have received, but you can also ask the Court for a pretrial advance distribution of the assets in your estate if you have enough of them. Generally, a Court will allow you to do this if the other side has spent money without permission (before the divorce) or if you will need money for attorney's fees or experts. However, you should definitely consult with an attorney before taking these steps.