Will I Need A Temporary Divorce Order?
Most Texans going through a divorce will require a temporary divorce order at some point. Because the divorce process can take a long time, these orders provide a temporary solution to issues that arise while the divorce is in progress. At Angela Faye Brown & Associates, our experienced attorneys in Houston and Austin can provide the dedicated guidance you need throughout the divorce process from start to finish, including pursuing temporary orders.
What Temporary Divorce Orders Can Address
Temporary divorce orders can address the following items:
- Property division, including how the divorcing couple will use their shared property and assets while the divorce is ongoing
- Possession of and access to the children (child custody and visitation)
- Child support arrangements as well as arrangements for medical support for the children on a temporary basis
- In some cases, temporary spousal maintenance may also be awarded on a short-term basis
Your circumstances at the time of your divorce will dictate what the temporary divorce order needs to address, which may include more or fewer items than listed above.
Requesting A Temporary Order
When you meet with us, we can advise whether a temporary divorce order is in your best interests. If you and your spouse are not on speaking terms or if issues are contested, seeking a temporary order may be in your best interests to eliminate any uncertainty. We can begin the process of requesting a temporary order by filing a motion and a notice of hearing. We will advise you on what to expect at the hearing and will work with you to prepare a compelling case.
Are These Decisions Final?
Temporary orders can be helpful in the short term, but they are meant to be temporary. These orders are typically decided within a few hours by the court and the court does not consider all the property of the couple or the long-term needs and interests of the children. Because of this more limited scope, temporary orders rarely become permanent. Rather, after the temporary divorce order hearing, we will help you prepare for the next step in the divorce to finalize these key decisions.
Schedule Your Consultation
While these orders are temporary, it is critical to have an attorney present at the hearing to represent your best interests. We can work with you from the start of your divorce, upholding your best interests and pursuing your goals.