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My husband filed for divorce and by law he cant take out money from our mutual account without court order or written consent

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However, he did, but i cannot afford a lawyer, do i file a small claims court for that or do i find a legal aid for family court?

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  1. If he violated a court order, you need to go to the court through an attorney or pro se to get relief. Legal aid has an income threshold to determine if you qualify for free services because of indigency. The court has pro se lawyers to give you information but not advice. If you make too much for Legal aid then you can afford a private lawyer and should retain one to handle this case.

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  2. First, it's not exactly accurate to say that one cannot take ANY money out of a joint account after the filing of a divorce. Instead, the automatic orders state that one cannot take out more than is customary to spend on ordinary living expenses. If he took out more than that, then yes, he may have arguably violated the order. That said, neither small claims court nor Family Court would have jurisdiction over such a claim. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may contact Legal Aid and/or the Office of the Self-Represented at the courthouse. I nevertheless encourage you to schedule a free consultation with a Bronx Divorce attorney as some have sliding scales and some also take their fees from your Husband if counsel fees are granted.

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  3. In addition to the sound advice of other counsel on this question, one should ask how much is involved? If it is not a large amount, it may not be worth the immediate litigation cost/effort, and best saved for inclusion in a major motion later.

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  4. You need to bring the issue up in the divorce action, not in another context or court. our husband had a right to take money out if it was for ordinary living expenses or to pay his attorney per the Notice of Automatic Orders that was served on you with the Summons and/or complaint. you would best off hiring an attorney,

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