When Summer Worden noticed that her estranged spouse still seemed to know things about her spending, she asked her bank about the locations of computers that had recently accessed her bank account.
They said that the computer was registered to NASA.
Worden’s estranged spouse was a decorated Nasa astronaut on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. The couple’s domestic troubles on Earth, it seemed, had extended into outer space.
Worden has been in the midst of a bitter separation and parenting dispute for much of the past year.
The five space agencies involved in the space station, from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, have procedures to handle any jurisdictional questions that arise when astronauts of various nations are orbiting Earth together.
So if a Russian national were to commit a crime in space, they would be subject to Russian law, and a Japanese citizen to Japanese law.
Space law also sets out provisions for extradition back on Earth, should a nation decide it wishes to prosecute a citizen of another nation for misconduct in space.
As space tourism becomes a reality, so might the need to prosecute space crime, but for now the legal framework remains untested.
Freezing a Joint Bank Account After Divorce
Upon separation, you may need to take steps to protect the money in your joint bank accounts.
This will need to be assessed on a case by case scenario.
We recommend you contact your bank to make the appropriate arrangements to ensure that your financial interests are protected.
Most joint bank accounts are set to only require one person to authorize transfers and withdrawals.
You may want to inform the bank that you would want all withdrawals to require dual signatures.
When separating from your partner you may want to open a new bank account in your sole name. You should then direct any income or payments that you will be receiving, for example, your salary, to your new account in your sole name.
If you already have a sole account then we strongly recommend you change your login details to prevent them from gaining access to your accounts.
Principal of Justice Family Lawyers, Hayder specialises in complex parenting and property family law matters. He is based in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Communications from UTS.