What Is a Temporary Order in a Divorce Case?

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Regardless of how amicable your divorce may be, the legal process can take a long time to settle if you and your spouse are headed for divorce. Some couples can resolve their differences quickly, while others have too many disputed issues to settle. The court can grant a temporary order when a divorce drags out for several months or years and couples have urgent problems that can’t wait until the divorce is finalized. Please continue reading to learn what temporary divorce orders entail and how a competent Suffolk County Divorce Attorney can help you today. 

What are temporary divorce orders?

Divorce can, unfortunately, be a long and complicated legal process, sometimes taking months or even years to resolve. During this period, separating couples often face challenges related to co-parenting, property possession, and financial situation. In such situations, waiting until the divorce is finalized and the court has issued its orders may not be possible. Therefore, the court can issue temporary orders to address these pressing issues. Temporary orders are legally binding, meaning they must be complied with once enforced.

Temporary divorce orders offer various benefits to couples, allowing them to address pressing issues before a formal divorce settlement is agreed upon. Official court orders can take years, depending on the level of conflict between the parties involved. That said, temporary divorce orders can help couples navigate unclear territories of the divorce while it’s in progress. Interim orders can be instrumental, particularly for couples who share children and require a parenting plan.

How do I obtain one?

Firstly, the court will not just grant a temporary order; it must be requested. The court will ask if they’ve attempted to resolve the matter. If it’s clear that an agreed-upon pressing issue cannot be reached, and you’ve filed your divorce petition, you can request a temporary order. At your court hearing, you must provide sound reasons why the court should grant the order. In some cases, a judge may rule on the spot or take a day or two to consider both arguments. However, they can grant a temporary divorce order to address urgent issues if they deem it appropriate and necessary.

When you need help setting boundaries and guidelines between you and your spouse during a divorce, you should request a temporary divorce order. They have proven to be invaluable when it comes to providing ground rules during divorce proceedings. If a divorce is imminent, please don’t hesitate to contact a skilled Suffolk County divorce attorney from the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C., who can help you work towards a successful resolution.

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