Mount Laurel Divorce Temporary Orders Attorneys
Divorce often involves recriminations, accusations, and feelings of betrayal. As a result, people can end up acting in ways they’d never thought they would in an effort to hurt the person who hurt them. Consequently, temporary orders are important in any divorce since they afford essential protections for both spouses and their children.
What are temporary orders? In New Jersey they are known as Pendente Lite Orders. They are orders pending the Final Judgment of Divorce. These orders are issued by a judge in order to establish the financial and parental rights and responsibilities of each spouse throughout the divorce process and to retain the status quo until there is a final hearing.
Why are Temporary Orders Important in My Divorce?
In New Jersey, spouses have a great deal of leeway to decide for themselves how to interact and make certain kinds of financial and parenting decisions prior to and during a divorce unless there is an Order of the Court placing restraints and limitations. This can leave both spouses vulnerable, for example if one or the other decides to sell property, max out credit cards, stop paying bills, emptying a bank account, or suddenly move out of town with the children.
In New Jersey, when the Divorce Complaint is filed there are no automatic stays except for the modification of insurances, life, heath, homeowners and car. An application must be made to the Court asking for relief, including but not limited to the support of a spouse and the children, temporary custody and parenting time, restraints on the disposition of assets, preventing a parent from moving out of state with the children, responsibility to pay bills etc. For these reasons, it’s important to ask your attorney to request that the court issue temporary/ pendente lite orders protecting your financial interests and parental rights.
Temporary Orders, Spousal Support, and Parenting Plans
While each divorce is different, in general, temporary orders do not change throughout a divorce. In fact, in most cases temporary orders may serve as the foundation for any final parenting plan or spousal maintenance order in a divorce settlement. This is especially important to remember in regard to parental rights during your divorce.
If your spouse intends to ask for full custody of your children, his or her attorney may ask for a temporary restraining order. If granted, this will affect your access to your kids and any final parenting plan approved by the court. Consequently, requesting temporary orders that guarantee you access to your children protects your long-term custody interests.
Contact Mount Laurel Divorce Temporary Orders Attorneys
Regardless of how well you believe you and your spouse resolve differences, don’t assume this will continue through your divorce. Once financial issues arise, your spouse’s divorce attorney could take a more aggressive approach, leaving you on the defensive. To protect yourself and learn how we can help you, contact Mount Laurel divorce temporary orders attorneys at Taylor & Boguski, LLC today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.