Automatic Orders

Domestic Relations Law Section 236, Part B, Section 2


b.  With respect to matrimonial actions which commence on or after the   effective date of this paragraph, the plaintiff shall cause to be served   upon the defendant, simultaneous with the service of the summons, a copy   of the automatic orders set  forth  in  this  paragraph.  The  automatic   orders  shall  be  binding  upon  the  plaintiff in a matrimonial action   immediately upon the filing of the summons, or  summons  and  complaint,   and  upon  the  defendant  immediately upon the service of the automatic   orders with the summons. The automatic orders shall remain in full force   and effect  during  the  pendency  of  the  action,  unless  terminated,   modified  or amended by further order of the court upon motion of either   of the parties or  upon  written  agreement  between  the  parties  duly   executed and acknowledged. The automatic orders are as follows:

(1)  Neither  party  shall  sell, transfer, encumber, conceal, assign,   remove or in any way dispose of, without the consent of the other  party   in  writing,  or by order of the court, any property (including, but not   limited to, real  estate,  personal  property,  cash  accounts,  stocks,   mutual  funds,  bank  accounts,  cars and boats) individually or jointly   held by the parties,  except  in  the  usual  course  of  business,  for   customary and usual household expenses or for reasonable attorney’s fees   in connection with this action.

(2)  Neither  party shall transfer, encumber, assign, remove, withdraw   or in any way dispose of any tax deferred funds, stocks or other  assets   held  in  any  individual  retirement  accounts,  401K  accounts, profit   sharing plans, Keogh  accounts,  or  any  other  pension  or  retirement   account,  and  the  parties  shall  further refrain from applying for or   requesting the payment of retirement benefits or annuity payments of any kind, without the consent of the other party in writing, or upon further   order of the court; except that any party who is already in  pay  status   may continue to receive such payments thereunder.

(3) Neither party shall incur unreasonable debts hereafter, including,   but  not limited to further borrowing against any credit line secured by   the family residence, further encumbrancing any assets, or  unreasonably   using  credit cards or cash advances against credit cards, except in the   usual course of business or for customary or usual  household  expenses,   or for reasonable attorney’s fees in connection with this action.

(4)  Neither  party shall cause the other party or the children of the   marriage to be removed from any existing medical,  hospital  and  dental   insurance  coverage, and each party shall maintain the existing medical,   hospital and dental insurance coverage in full force and effect.

(5) Neither party shall change the beneficiaries of any existing  life   insurance  policies,  and  each  party  shall maintain the existing life   insurance,  automobile  insurance,  homeowners  and  renters   insurance   policies in full force and effect.