A divorce can be a very complex process which, if heavily contested, can seem to drag on for lengthy periods of time. Many times a temporary order may be agreed upon, or ordered by the court to lend stability or boundaries while navigating through the divorce process.

When ordered by the court, the temporary order is legally binding and must be followed by both parties involved in the divorce proceedings. Failure to follow a court ordered temporary order may result in the court taking this into account when making final decisions regarding child custody, child visitation, property and asset division, or other divorce and family law issues.

Temporary orders can be extremely helpful in ensuring either spouse does not sell off, liquidate, or attempt to hide assets from the other during a divorce. A temporary order also provides stability to ensure the children are able to maintain their education without interruption, as well being able to maintain as much of a normal living condition as possible throughout the divorce process. This also may allow both parents to maintain equal say in decisions relating to the child’s upbringing.