I told my husband that I wanted a divorce and since then he's been hiding things and changing his passwords on accounts. He even gave money we've set aside for rent/taxes to a family member to hold for him so that I wouldn't have access to it.
No it is not legal to hide assets. Retain counsel immediately. Once the case is filed your husband will be required to account for the hypothecation or hiding of assets.
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No, it is not "legal" for your husband to hide assets or move them around as he is doing.
It is not only wrong, it is stupid. We live in a paper trail world and your attorney should be able to rectify the situation. Do retain an attorney as soon as possible.
It is not legal. In fact it's a legal requirement for both parties to disclose all assets and debts to the other because the parties are in a fiduciary relationship. You need an attorney asap.
Spouses are subject to certain fiduciary duties (and those include, in very general terms, the duty to disclose all assets and liabilities and to not take unfair advantage of the other spouse, etc.). Realize that the obligations are far more comprehensive than what I have referenced above. If the Court finds that your husband has breached those fiduciary duties of disclosure, the penalities are potentially severe, including the victim spouse getting 100% of undisclosed assets and potentially attorney's fees and costs and sanctions. You probably need to file for divorce sooner rather than later, as he will be bound by the standard family law restraining orders on the summons when he is served. Your concern should be with him potentially changing beneficiaries to life insurance policies, canceling policies, etc. I would strongly suggest you find an attorney to get the process going.
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