Interim Distribution of Property during Separation

A motion for an interim distribution to either party may be made at any time after filing of the initial lawsuit. There is a presumption that the distribution should be made; the burden is on the other party to show good cause why it should not be made. The purpose of the presumption is to avoid one party having control of all the marital assets prior to a final distribution. The amount of the interim award will be taken into account when the judge makes the final distribution of marital property after the divorce.