If you are dependent on your spouse’s income and are considering divorce, you may worry about how you and your children will get by financially until everything falls into place. You may also be concerned about how the custody of your children will be handled or whether you will be able to stay in the family home prior to your divorce being finalized.
Fortunately, either spouse may file a petition or motion for “temporary relief,” which may include provisions for temporary custody, child support, spousal maintenance and other pressing matters that arise when initiating a divorce.
A temporary order hearing will typically be scheduled within days to weeks to resolve issues that require a more immediate decision including spousal maintenance, child support and child custody.
Family court decisions that are commonly addressed in temporary court hearings include who will reside in the family home, who will provide health insurance, arrangements for spousal and child support, temporary child custody arrangements, restraining orders and orders preventing the sale of valuable assets or marital property.
Though the decisions are not permanent, they will protect the interests of the petitioner until a formal court hearing or a settlement is reached.
If you are considering divorce or a separation, you may need to use temporary orders to protect yourself and your children. Contact the family law offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC to get more information about temporary orders for spousal maintenance, child support and child custody issues.