Temporary Orders

     In family cases, whether it is a divorce case or a modification of previous orders, either party may request that the court issue temporary orders. These are orders that take effect before the final trial. In divorce cases, temporary orders typically set rules regarding spending, borrowing, paying bills, caring for property, paying child support, allowing visitation, and prohibiting threatening behavior. The parties and their attorneys can usually agree on some of the temporary orders. A hearing may be necessary to obtain other temporary orders that are opposed by the other side. In some courts, due to crowded dockets, it may take two or three weeks before the hearing on temporary orders occurs. If immediate protection is required, it is possible to obtain a temporary restraining order that takes effect immediately without a hearing.