Any lawsuit takes time to get through the legal system, sometimes quite a bit of it. Family law cases are no exception. In a divorce or a custody case, though, situations often arise that demand a quick decision from a judge. These issues get resolved in the short term by temporary orders issued at interim hearings.
The ultimate goal for the courts with a family law case is to keep life as normal as possible for everyone involved. Temporary orders accomplish this by requiring certain things to be done or not done until the final divorce or custody order is issued.
Temporary orders can concern anything related to the family law case, so they may look different in custody cases than they do in divorce cases. They are specific to the situation, too, and assigned on an as-needed basis.
Temporary orders might address a safety issue or financial need or offer protection from abuse. Often the goal is to maintain the status quo for children or maintain a household while the case is pending.
Some examples of temporary orders in a custody case include:
Some examples of temporary orders in a divorce case include:
Imagine a divorcing couple who share three children. While married, one spouse was the primary provider for the family and the other spouse stayed at home to provide childcare. After their separation, the spouse who stayed home would likely have trouble covering living expenses without the other spouse’s income. They could request a temporary order for monetary support and help pay bills while their divorce case is pending.
Temporary Order Hearings occur when both parties appear in court before a judge. The judge will consider testimony and evidence offered by both sides and decide on the temporary orders request. If there are children involved, their best interests will be the primary consideration taken by the courts.
The outcome of these hearings often hold huge weight in the outcome of a case so it is essential to go prepared. Temporary orders must be followed and can only change by order of the court.
A custody or divorce case has a significant impact on your life. To ensure your needs are considered and your rights are protected, you need a top-tier family law attorney on your side. Your attorney will help you through this challenging, sometimes complicated process.
You want to find a family law attorney you trust. You will be working closely with them and sharing many sensitive details about your life. If you are facing a divorce or custody case and you need legal representation from an experienced attorney, contact the caring and responsive team at the Law Offices of Jason Wright.
We are ready to help you resolve your case efficiently, fairly, and with your family’s best interests at heart. Contact the Law Offices of Jason Wright for a consultation by calling 512-884-1221 or by submitting the form below. We are committed to vigorously working to find the best solution for you and your family.