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?
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.
Shulchan Aruch 69-4.