Question:

A husband and wife are planning on divorcing and living under one roof. During the months that they are working out a separation agreement, the husband is still paying for her living expenses but she is rejecting food related support and holding on to her paycheck. Is he still entitled to her work earnings during this time?

Answer:

A woman has the right to say that she doesn’t want food related support from her husband, and that she want to keep her paycheck. This is because the idea of food support vs. her pay check was made in order to insure that she will be supported, and for her advantage. If she doesn’t want it it is her right.

Sources:

Shulchan Aruch 69-4.

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4 Responses to “Maaseh Yadayim Entitlement”

  1. I’m not sure whether the question is clearly answered. Is the husband entitled to a portion of her earnings since he is supporting her fully minus her food expenses?

    • Please specify

  2. A husband and wife are planning on divorcing and are living under one roof. During the months that they are working out a separation agreement, the husband is still paying for her living expenses like providing a roof over head by paying for rent, house utilities, car lease, gas for her, her cell phone, internet, and her medical bills. If she is rejecting food related support and holding on to her paycheck, is the husband still entitled to all or some of her work earnings during this time as he is still supporting her financially minus her food expenses?

    • These details will have to be worked out in the bais din.
      Best Wishes

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