family law case can take months to move through the courts. But what about a divorce?
If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, what is
supposed to happen to the kids?
Who pays the hefty mortgage payment, and what happens to the money in your
bank account? What if one spouse has been a stay-at-home parent, what
do they do now? For obvious reasons, a divorcing couple cannot ignore
these issues, which is why the family court issues temporary orders.
When a couple files for
divorce, they have important issues, such as child custody and spousal support
that must be addressed sooner than later. These are temporarily addressed
in a quick, less formal hearing before a judge.
Why Judges Make Temporary Orders
Let’s say a husband is arrested for
domestic violence and now his wife wants a divorce. The judge orders him to move out and
stay away from the family home. His wife needs money to pay the rent,
feed and shelter the couple’s three small children.
Since the wife has been out of the workforce since she married her husband
10 years earlier, getting on her feet and supporting the couple’s
three kids would take some time. Recognizing her dire need for support,
the court orders her estranged husband to pay child support and spousal support.
The wife can even go to court and request a temporary order for custody
and support, even though she has not yet filed a formal divorce action.
Her request would be considered urgent and she would be put on the fast
track for a hearing.
A spouse can ask for a temporary court order to:
- Prohibit an abusive spouse from contacting them
- Force an abusive spouse to move out of the family home
Establish a temporary
child custody arrangement
- Order child support and spousal support
- Prohibit the other spouse from selling valuable assets
- Give possession of the family’s automobile and home to one spouse
Generally, when a judge makes a temporary order, that order is valid until
the spouses attend another hearing or until they reach their own divorce
settlement through negotiation or divorce mediation.
If you are interested in obtaining temporary orders,
contact our Los Angeles divorce firm to discuss your goals during a free case