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Divorce is often a lengthy and complicated matter, as there are a multitude of complicated factors that must be agreed upon. Unfortunately, life does not wait for a divorce to be finalized, and there may be necessities that need to be taken care of that require immediate legal action. At Skupin Law Group, PLLC, we want to help you understand your options for filing for temporary court orders so that you can continue to live your life throughout the process of divorce.
Michael Skupin has been offering affordable and effective legal counsel to Arizona residents for more than a decade.
His experience has fostered a comprehensive knowledge of the family court system and the laws that govern various aspects of divorce. He has made it his mission to guide spouses in their pursuit of divorce with a combination of delicate compassion and aggressive advocacy. Our firm is prepared to help you navigate the requirements of petitioning for a temporary order so that you can focus on what is truly important to you and your family during this difficult time.
What is a temporary order?
A temporary order allows for certain provisions to be granted to one or both spouses in order for a standard of living to be maintained throughout divorce proceedings. These orders establish temporary arrangements that, if granted, remain in effect until a final divorce settlement is reached. A judge can issue temporary orders to:
- Prevent contact from one spouse with the other
- Determine arrangements for child custody
- Institute payments for child or spousal support
- Grant possession of home or car to one spouse
- Restrict either spouse from selling assets
The Process of Requesting a Temporary Order
Before going to court, you have the option to write a temporary agreement with your spouse. If you can decide on a short-term solution for custody and support, you will not have to go to court. If you are unable to create a mutual settlement, you may need to pursue court action. First, you should file a petition with your local court.
In some areas, you may not be able to file the petition until you officially file for a divorce. The process of requesting temporary orders can be complex, as it involves complicated legal paperwork that must be completed properly. Our Phoenix family law lawyers can help you understand what information you must provide.
You will need to complete the following steps:
- Apply for an Order to Show Cause – defines the order you are requesting and orders the other spouse to attend a court hearing to present his or her interests.
- Provide a written statement – supports and declares the reasoning for your request, including facts regarding financial state or other special circumstances.
- Propose your temporary order – grants the requested temporary provisions if approved and signed by a judge.
- Prove that papers were served – assures the court that documents were properly served to your spouse according to state laws and regulations.
Once your request is processed, the court will provide a hearing date for you and your spouse. At the hearing, you will be given a short period of time to explain your situation to the court. It is wise to bring other relevant documents, such as income statements. At the hearing, the judge will review all details and facts regarding your request for a temporary order to determine legitimacy.
Additionally, both you and your spouse will be asked questions so that a judge can hear both sides of the story and analyze the full scope of the situation. The judge will then consider any state laws or regulations to come to a decision about whether or not to grant the order.
Take Immediate Action with Our Help
If you are pursuing a divorce, you may not be able to afford waiting for it to be finalized. If you have children, financial obligations, or any other pressing matters, it is important that you take the necessary legal action as soon as possible so that your livelihood is not disrupted. Our team of Phoenix divorce attorneys at Skupin Law Group, PLLC can help.
We can make sure that you are well-informed of the entire divorce process, including filing for a temporary order. We know your situation is unique, which is why we provide a personalized solution for each client. To keep costs affordable, we will also work with you to establish a flexible payment plan so that you can get quality counsel at low rates.