Yes, and that is what we call “temporary maintenance.” For example, if a case begins and the party who is working stops depositing income into a joint bank account, then the party who is seeking maintenance may not have access to the income. He or she would go into court and ask the judge to award temporary maintenance. On the flip side, if a spouse earns a significant income and the spouse who is seeking, in the other spouse's opinion, is not spending it appropriately, then they may not give them free access to the expensive income and getting a temporary award of maintenance would kind of curtail the spending and preserve the marital estate.
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