How to Split a Joint Account

by Angela M. Wheeland
Although most banks won't actually split an account, you can split the money yourself.

Although most banks won't actually split an account, you can split the money yourself.

When you share a bank account with another person, the funds are available to both you and the joint account holder. Both holders are responsible for any fees that accrue and maintaining a positive balance in the account. If you and the other account owner have a falling out, splitting the balance and closing the account might be the best action to take. Most banks typically allow either account holder to close the account without the consent of the other person. Most banks won't split the account for you, but you can do that after you close it.

Visit the bank that holds your joint account. Discuss your options with the personal banker, and ask to close the account. If transactions are pending on the account, you'll have to wait for these transactions to clear or leave enough money in the account to cover any outstanding checks, debits or fees.

Close the bank account and withdraw the money left in the account.

Open a new bank account in your name. Depending on its procedure, the bank might check your credit to make sure you're responsible enough to hold an account on your own. Deposit half the money in the new account.

Purchase a money order or cashier's check from a bank teller for the other half of the balance.

Mail the money order or cashier's check to the joint account owner.

Tips

  • If the bank allows you to remove your name from the account, you'll probably have to have the other party's consent.
  • It is illegal to remove the other account holder from the account without his consent.

About the Author

Angela M. Wheeland specializes in topics related to taxation, technology, gaming and criminal law. She has contributed to several websites and serves as the lead content editor for a construction-related website. Wheeland holds an Associate of Arts in accounting and criminal justice. She has owned and operated her own income tax-preparation business since 2006.

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