When a couple decides to file for a divorce, it can be a costly process in more ways than one. The divorce proceedings could take months or even longer, which will put a strain on your finances as well.

Many issues related to divorce cannot wait for the entire length of the trial. Before the divorce is finalized, decisions need to be made on time-sensitive matters like alimony, child support and possession of the family home. The court can issue a temporary order that focuses on these issues.

What is a temporary order?

A temporary order is used to make decisions on problems that require a resolution immediately. Some common issues addressed by temporary orders are:

  • Child support payments: Based on the custody and visitation schedule, the court can decide if child support payments are necessary.
  • Alimony payments: When one of the spouses requires help financially, the court can order the other spouse to pay alimony during the divorce trials.
  • Custody and visitation rights of the children: The court can create a temporary schedule, so each parent knows when and where the children need to be.
  • Temporary ownership of marital assets: If you and your spouse are unable to live together, the court can decide who owns the house temporarily.

It is important to point out that this order is only temporary. Once the divorce proceedings are underway, you will have the ability to fight for a different outcome on these marital issues. Either spouse can also request changes to the order any time during the divorce hearings.

If you and your separated spouse cannot agree on common marital issues, a temporary order might fit your needs. A knowledgeable family law attorney will be able to help you with the necessary paperwork and guide you during the divorce process.