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Temporary Orders Smooth The Transition From Marriage To Separation

Your marriage hasn’t been good for a while, but you and your spouse tried to make it work. You went to therapy, saw marriage counselors, and even tried adjusting your schedules to spend more time together doing the things you love. In the end, it seems like you’ve just grown apart.

When you decide it’s time to get a divorce, you need to immediately make some decisions about your life from now on. Things like your child’s custody schedule or the possession of your home have to be addressed quickly, since these decisions affect you immediately. In the event you and your spouse are unable come to at least an initial temporary agreement, then the court can enter temporary orders.

Temporary orders work because they are only meant to be placeholders.   Sometimes we refer to these agreements or orders as a “bandaid” because they don’t fully resolve the issue, but they can help.  These orders are made to quickly resolve issues like custody, support or property division concerns. The same issues will be discussed further in additional hearings and be negotiated during your divorce, so the temporary order is only intended to help in the short term.

It’s important to talk to your attorney about what a temporary agreement or order mean for your divorce. Since the hearing(s) can happen quickly after filing for divorce, you need to know what you want out of your separation before you go to the hearing. But remember, if you can reach an agreement without the assistance of a judge, you’ll probably be happier, because it’s possible the judge will make a decision you don’t necessarily agree with.

There are several things potentially subject to temporary orders. They include things like health care, child custody arrangements, child and spousal support, and who gets to live in the marital home.

If you’re not sure where to begin, contact Schmitz Law at 336-714-2380.