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Temporary divorce orders offer interim (or long-term) stability

When wading into the turbulent waters of divorce, don’t be surprised if you find yourself in need of fast solutions to pressing divorce concerns. Fortunately, you may be eligible for a temporary solution in matters that cannot wait until the end of your divorce.

Temporary orders issued by a family court judge can offer a semblance of stability while the divorce is underway. They are binding legal directives outlining the responsibilities and rights of each spouse until the final divorce decree is issued.

What can temporary orders address?

They can speak to a variety of divorce and family law concerns. Here is a short breakdown of some examples:

  • Child custody and visitation. Establishing who the children will live with and the visitation schedule.
  • Child support. Financial support arrangements for the children.
  • Spousal support. Economic assistance for a lesser-earning spouse.
  • Marital residence. Determining who will remain in the family home.

Since temporary orders are not permanent and may not address all the complexities of divorce, consider having a legal representative ensure they serve your best interests.

Will they become permanent when the divorce ends?

Not necessarily. Temporary provisions are meant to provide short-term relief and generally only remain in effect until replaced by new orders or the divorce decree. 

However, if it turns out that these court orders meet everyone’s needs, it may be possible to make them part of your judgment. Of course, the judge in your case will need to give it their approval.

As you can see, skilled legal support helps to ensure you and your children face as few hardships as possible during and even after your divorce.