I filed for divorce and it has been a long and drawn out process. Spouse is not motivated to settle and prefers to drag it out. As part of maintaining the "status quo", I was ordered to put pay into the marital account and pay marital bills through the account. Since filing, my pay is legally mine and understand the status quo concept during the divorce process. How does all the money I put into the martial account get accounted for at the end of the divorce? Is it taken into account for any possible alimony or equitable distribution calculations? Or despite it being "mine" now is it all lost?
At trial the court has the power to re-allocate money paid during the pendente lite period. The truth, however, is that your case is almost certain to eventually settle and those issues will not be addressed. I wouldn’t get my hopes up that any pendente lite inequities will be rectified. Good luck.
There is a possibility that the money will be reallocated at the time of final hearing or settlement or your Pendente Lite obligation may be considered as far as the length of time you have an alimony obligation. Every case is different. Hopefully you are represented by counsel so pose this question to your attorney. He or she will have a better feel for what, if any, credits, benefits, etc you can expect from paying the Pendente Lite support.
This answer does not constitute the establishment of an attorney/client relationship nor is there any guarantee that this advice will be completely effective in a court of law. A consultation, including review of court orders and other documents is necessary in order for me to give you proper advice and guidance.
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