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What is a secondary credit card holder?

An additional cardholder is an authorized secondary user added to an account by the primary cardholder. The additional cardholder generally gets to enjoy all the benefits of a debit or credit card account without any liability, which remains the responsibility of the primary cardholder.

What’s a primary card holder?

The primary cardholder is the main person on the account. They are also known as the borrower.

Can a primary account holder remove a secondary account holder?

Can I do that? Generally, no. In most cases, either state law or the terms of the account provide that you usually cannot remove a person from a joint checking account without that person’s consent, though some banks may offer accounts where they explicitly allow this type of removal.

What can a secondary account holder do?

When you add a secondary account holder to your account, he can typically use the account as if it were his own. For example, if you have a joint bank account with another individual, the other account holder can withdraw any money that is in the account. He can also deposit money in the account.

Can you take all the money out of a joint account?

Each owner has the full right to withdraw, deposit, and otherwise manage the account’s funds. While no account holder can remove another account holder from a joint account without that person’s consent, few banks will stop you from withdrawing or transferring the entire balance on your own.

Can unmarried couples open a joint bank account?

Traditionally, joint bank accounts are opened by married couples. But it’s not only married couples who can open a joint bank account. Civil partners, unmarried couples who live together, roommates, senior citizens and their caregivers and parents and their children can also open joint bank accounts.

Why you shouldn’t have a joint account?

A joint account can also be problematic if the relationship ends. If the couple decides to part ways, the funds in a joint account can be messy to separate. Each spouse has every right to withdraw money and close the account without the consent of the other, and one party can easily leave the other penniless.

Who owns the money in a joint bank account?

The money in joint accounts belongs to both owners. Either person can withdraw or use as much of the money as they want — even if they weren’t the one to deposit the funds. The bank makes no distinction between money deposited by one person or the other.