Family law matters can determine daily aspects of life. However, because these matters are so impactful it usually takes an extended period of time to settle them in court. This means that between when the initial petition is filed and the final resolution is ordered, there can be a long period of uncertainty. Temporary orders can help bring short-lived resolution to important issues governed by family law matters. Temporary orders are often included in divorce hearings and can cover issues that are determined by the best interest of the child such as child support, parenting time, and legal decision-making. They can also affect issues related to the ex-spouse such as spousal support, asset allocation, exclusive use of marital residence or vehicles, and even attorney’s fees. Many use these orders to avoid as much upheaval as possible, especially when children are involved.
Either the petitioner or the respondent of the initial matter, must file a separate verified petition for the temporary orders. It can be filed at the same time or after the initial petition is filed. If temporary orders are not filed, each situation is the responsibility of the petitioner and respondent to work out until the final decree or orders are issued.
In matters where there is a threat of harm, temporary orders can also prohibit contact. Instances of a possible breach in safety or well-being can give need for an emergency temporary order. They can be filed without any notice to the other party and are expedited through the court’s approval.
No matter what your family law issue is, a skilled and experience Arizona attorney can help you find the best path. If you are seeking representation in a family law matter, including those where temporary orders may be involved, contact Giordano Spanier & Heckele Law Firm. Call today for a consultation (520) 339-6804 or email [email protected]