If you're considering divorce, then you probably know that the divorce decree is the legal ruling that makes the end of the marriage official. But divorce is also a process, and the decisions you make while your divorce case is pending will affect your post-divorce situation.
For example, while you and your spouse are separated, there may be questions as to who will pay the bills, who will remain in the house while the other spouse lives elsewhere, and where the children will spend most of their time.
Temporary orders can be used to maintain the status quo and protect your rights during the divorce process -- and after.
Until they petition for divorce, many people don't realize the importance of temporary orders such as temporary injunctions and temporary restraining orders. These are court orders designed to maintain the status quo and preserve a stable situation while the divorce is pending.
The Texas Family Code provides for a variety of temporary orders and injunctions related to the following:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Vehicle rights, as in who is allowed to drive the family car
- Dwelling rights, as in which spouse will continue to live in the family home
- Continued insurance coverage
Temporary restraining orders and injunctions can also be used to prohibit harassment and prohibit a spouse from transferring or spending marital assets.
Protect your post-divorce rights by preserving your rights now.
It is important to work with a knowledgeable divorce lawyer who understands your specific situation and will advocate for temporary orders that protect your rights and your children now and in the future.
For more on these matters, please see our overview of divorce in Texas.