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Temporary orders and what they mean for your Texas divorce

A divorce is a permanent, final way to settle issues between a couple when a marriage is over, but what happens in the interim? The period between the initial separation date and the signing of the final divorce papers can be lengthy, and temporary orders help Texas families deal with vital matters for this period of transition and waiting. 

Temporary orders can address issues such as child custody, visitation and spousal support. This legal document protects both you and your children as it outlines particular issues and lessens the chance of a serious conflict during an already stressful time. In Texas, temporary orders are a required part of every divorce. 

What does a temporary order include?

A court hearing after the date of separation will finalize the temporary order, and the family court makes the final decision regarding the details. These are quick decisions made in an effort to provide stability until a negotiated settlement or final arrangement comes from the court. What is in your temporary order will depend on the nature of your unique situation, but it may address the following:

  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Custody
  • Right to remain in the family home
  • Insurance coverage
  • Vehicle rights
  • Protection of specific assets

It may feel like you have little control over what is happening right now, but in reality, you have the right to seek a positive and beneficial situation through your temporary orders. You have the right to request certain things and ask the court to address specific issues that may be unique to your family.

Temporary orders will also provide certain financial protections for you. These ensure that one spouse cannot take the family car without warning or run up a significant amount of debt while the divorce process is still underway.

Protecting your interests from the very beginning of the divorce process

You may work to protect yourself and your financial future from the very beginning of the divorce process. For you, this may mean seeking legal support for separation-related matters, including temporary orders. You may find it beneficial to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney, even before temporary orders go into effect.

Divorce is a difficult process, but you do not have to walk through it alone. Securing the legal help you deserve can be as simple as reaching out for a case evaluation to find out what you should know about separation and the divorce process.

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