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Temporary orders smooth the transition from marriage to divorce

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. The way the courts do this is by appointing temporary orders.

Temporary orders work because they are only meant to be placeholders. These orders are made in family court and quickly resolve issues like custody 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.

Temporary orders aren't as formal as a court order, so it's important to talk to your attorney about what they mean for your divorce. Since the hearing happens quickly after filing for divorce, you need to know what you want out of your divorce before you go to the hearing. If not, the other party, if he or she is more prepared, may obtain temporary orders that you don't necessarily agree with.

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

Source: FindLaw, "Family Court Decisions: Temporary Orders," accessed Dec. 18, 2017

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