Petitioning for a temporary court order can protect your financial and parental rights while divorce is pending. Miller Law Group, P.C. can help.
Once the divorce process has begun, it will still be several months before the courts signs off on any divorce, custody, property division, or alimony agreement. What happens with the disputed issues in the meantime? Miller Law Group, P.C. often recommends filing for temporary orders so that you can protect both your financial and parental rights before your divorce has been finalized.
Entering into temporary orders will dole out each spouse’s responsibilities during the divorce process. This can include living arrangements, parenting decisions, support payments, and more. The only enforceable way to ensure nothing falls through the cracks in the interim is by filing temporary orders and attending a temporary order hearing.
Issues Addressed at a Temporary Order Hearing
If you decide to file for temporary orders, here are some things you might want to ask the judge to consider –
- Child Support (how much and who will be paying it)
- Custody / Parenting Time (how much time will the children spend with each parent?)
- Health Insurance Payments
- Temporary Alimony
- Who Pays the Bills
What happens if my spouse doesn’t comply with the temporary orders?
Although these orders are labeled “temporary,” this doesn’t mean they are optional by any means. They are entered into by the court and can be enforced by the court, so if your spouse is refusing to comply or unable for some reason to comply with the temporary orders, you can work with the court to initiate enforcement actions.
These are only temporary orders, and although they will go away when the permanent orders are signed, they have a tremendous impact on your financial and emotional stability in the meantime. To learn more about temporary orders and hearings, contact a Massachusetts divorce lawyer at Miller Law Group, P.C. for a free legal evaluation!