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What Are Temporary Orders in Divorce?

When it comes to divorce, there is generally one ultimate goal: to get a divorce. While this may seem simple, there are a number of issues to address and resolve before a divorce is finalized. There are also commonly issues that must be addressed during the process, even if only temporarily. In fact, there are specific issues and laws concerning temporary arrangements during divorce that are worth knowing when preparing for the journey ahead.

In New Jersey, temporary orders, also known as pendent lite orders, are enforceable court orders that address issues as divorce proceedings unfold. Depending on the circumstances, such as whether spouses can communicate and reach compromise, temporary orders may be established voluntarily through agreement between both spouses, or by filing a motion with the court.

Here are few examples of common temporary orders in New Jersey divorce cases:

  • Temporary AlimonyAlimony is the payment one spouse makes to another in order for that spouse to maintain the same standard of living they had during the marriage. While it often refers to post-divorce alimony, it can also be issued on a temporary basis while spouses are going through the divorce itself. Generally, this temporary alimony helps one spouse cover existing expenses, such as a mortgage, and other aspects of their financial lives during divorce. Temporary alimony only lasts until a divorce is finalized, and the terms of post-divorce alimony may be different than what was issued temporarily.
  • Temporary Child Support – Divorcing parents have an obligation to financially provide for their children. During the divorce process, temporary child support is used to ensure a child’s best interests and basic needs can be met. Temporary child support is calculated similarly to how final child support is calculated.
  • Temporary Child Custody – Temporary orders regarding child custody and visitation are not always necessary in divorce, especially when parents can agree on time-sharing arrangements. However, it may be necessary if parents wish to gain custody of their children during the divorce, want to protect their right to visitation, or wish to raise issues about circumstances that may compromise a child’s well-being, such as domestic violence or unsafe living conditions of the other parent.
  • Temporary Restraining Order – Some divorces are prompted by domestic violence or abuse. When domestic violence is involved, a divorcing spouse can bring their claims to court an file for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevents a former partner from having contact with them, remaining in a marital home, or being within a certain distance of the alleged victim. Temporary restraining order hearings are high stakes matters for both alleged victims and accused individuals, and can have an impact on final orders reached in the case, especially in relation to child custody and visitation.

Our New York and New Jersey divorce lawyers at Moskowitz Law Group, LLC draw from decades of collective experience to help our clients pursue the most positive resolutions possible. While the final outcome of a case always requires work and attention, we also know the importance of advocating for our clients who have pressing and immediate needs that may require temporary orders as the divorce process unfolds.

If you have questions about temporary orders in a divorce or would like to speak with a member of our firm about your divorce case and how we can protect your rights, don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 for a free case evaluation!