After you have initiated a divorce, the process can sometimes take months to conclude. Concerns regarding the custody of the children, shared bank accounts and who will reside in the family home after a split sometimes require immediate attention. When couples separate, important issues are often resolved for the short term in a brief hearing before the judge resulting in a temporary order.
In requesting a temporary order, spouses can ask the court to temporarily restrain a spouse from coming near or contacting the other, establish child custody and visitation arrangements, and provide for spousal support and/or child support payments. An order can also require that either spouse not sell valuable assets and give possession of the family home or car to one of the spouses. Temporary orders are usually valid until the court holds another hearing or the spouses arrive at their own settlement through negotiation or mediation.
To get a court order, you must prepare and file some paperwork. These forms typically include a request for the order you are seeking, such as temporary financial support for yourself and the children, and a supporting declaration outlining the facts to legally justify the request. There may be a requirement to provide proof of service to your spouse and, in this scenario, financial details pointing to your need for temporary support. After all the necessary steps are completed, a judge will consider your request in a short hearing. In emergencies, the hearing can be held within a few days and a temporary order will be signed if your request is granted.