Divorce is hard enough on its own without having to worry about the uncertainty during the interim time between filing and the final settlement. Because pending divorce issues can take months, sometimes years, to resolve, parties often look to temporary orders to address urgent concerns in a timely manner.

Temporary orders are designed to maintain the family’s security and circumstances. Decisions by family courts on issues, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, temporary restraint, and possession of property, are resolved quickly and given temporary effect with these orders until a formal trial date or mediation takes place. Perhaps most important are orders for child custody and visitation to maintain the children’s routine schedule during a time of conflict.

Before attending a hearing on temporary orders, you should know specifically what you want ruled on because these hearings are often shorter and less informal than standard hearings. At the hearing, the judge will consider the evidence produced to support each request, whether written or testimonial. In conclusion, the judge will likely make an immediate ruling by either issuing the rulings requested or modifying them. These temporary orders will remain in effect until your divorce settlement and can often by influential in the upcoming proceedings.