Many times when a party is served a summons and petition for dissolution their first instinct is to grab the money and property for themselves.

This attitude will get you in hot water. When you look at the summons you will see Standard Family Law Restraining Orders on page 2. These orders state:

You cannot remove a child of the marriage from the state without a court order or consent of the other party;

You can’t cash out, or change the beneficiaries on any insurance policies, including health, life, auto;

You cannot transfer, encumber or dispose of any property real or personal.

Family Code sections 231-233 deals with the Summons Temporary Restraining Order, abide by it and things will go a lot smoother.