A temporary order in a divorce proceeding is especially helpful when there are contested issues. Think of a temporary order as the “rules of the game” during a divorce proceeding. Aside from limited situations, the soonest a divorce judgment may be granted is 120 days after service or filing a joint petition. A lot can happen in that time and without any provisions or orders in place either or both parties may find themselves in at a disadvantage. A temporary order can establish a legal custody and physical placement arrangement for the parties to follow while the divorce is pending. That temporary order could end up being the final order of legal custody and placement, however, it is not uncommon for a final placement arrangement to be different from a temporary order. Either or both parties can request a temporary order hearing at which time the court would make an order regarding custody and placement. It is possible for the parties to enter into a stipulated agreement regarding custody or placement, which would be approved by the court and the parties would be obligated to follow the arrangement.

A temporary order can also establish child support or maintenance from one party to the other. It can also direct either or both parties to continue pay debts or continue to maintain property resulting from the marriage. The order could also include a requirement that both parties maintain the children as beneficiaries on a health insurance policy. In some cases it may be appropriate to get an order awarding one person the right to and enjoyment of the martial residence, thereby requiring the other party to relocate. The order can also establish that debts incurred by either party after the divorce was filed is the debt of that individual rather than a marital debt.

There are many good reasons to request hearing for a temporary and to obtain an order either by stipulation or following a contested hearing from the court. Some parties may want to proceed through a divorce amicably with their spouse, however, it could be detrimental to proceed without an order guiding the parties and setting the rules of the game. A temporary order is a vital way to protect yourself and interests while divorce is pending before the court.

If you have questions on a new or pending divorce action or if you have more questions about a temporary order, contact our team today to schedule a free initial consultation!