>I'm pretty certain she is going to do it again (stepdaughter's
>$4,500 tuition is due soon). Total assets are substantial -
>this is a small percentage of the total..
>1. If she violates the injunction again, is a judge likely to
>consider this to be a big deal or let her go with the
It's a big deal, but the solution is to order her to pay it back immediately or sit in jail until she agrees.
>2. STBX is filing for sole custody
(she told me that she's
>doing it to get more money from me, but I can't prove that).
>If she continues to take money out of the joint accounts, how
>likely is judge to let it influence custody decision?
I would have given the other spouse 2 business days to put the money back, and then I'd file for a contempt order and ask that all remaining joint liquid assets be placed in a new account requiring signatures of both parties for release, so that no further money can be obtained except with consent of both parties, pending final judgment.
This would probably speed up the settlement process, because when no one can spend any dough, it tends to bring them to the bargaining table.