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What are temporary orders in a New Jersey divorce?

When you decide to end your unhappy marriage, it can be a challenging and emotionally taxing process. However, the divorce proceedings you’ll have to undergo can be equally complex and time-consuming, as the terms that will apply to the termination of your marriage regarding child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division must be resolved before the process can be concluded. When a divorce drags on, and urgent matters cannot wait, the court may grant temporary orders. Temporary orders can be highly beneficial, particularly for couples who struggle to get along. They can help establish guidelines and boundaries during your divorce proceedings. If there are pressing issues that must be addressed, it’s in your best interest to enlist the assistance of a proficient Ocean County Divorce Attorney who can help you request a temporary divorce order. Please continue reading to learn what a temporary order in a divorce entails.

What is a temporary order in a New Jersey divorce case?

For the most part, temporary and permanent orders resemble each other. However, they serve different functions during a divorce. Understanding the distinction is vital to ensure the best outcome for you and your children in the short and long term. There are numerous reasons why an individual may request a temporary order. As mentioned above, divorces can take several months to years to resolve. Therefore, a temporary order can offer stability during this chaotic time and make the process a little smoother because there is less uncertainty about custody and support payments. Temporary orders can address the following issues:

  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Health insurance
  • Possession of the marital home, car, or other property

Are these orders legally binding?

The court only grants temporary orders when necessary. If the court has enforced temporary divorce orders, you must comply with the ruling as they’re legally binding, much like permanent orders. Once the divorce is finalized, the temporary orders will cease. Temporary orders can turn into permanent orders. However, this is not always the case. You will face severe penalties if you don’t take temporary orders seriously and neglect to follow the court’s instructions. Therefore, you should adhere to all of the court’s rulings.

While requesting a temporary divorce order can feel daunting since you’re focused on the impending legal process, obtaining this legally binding ruling to provide clear boundaries during your divorce is vital. If urgent matters need to be handled, please don’t hesitate to contact a determined Ocean County divorce attorney from the Law Offices of Sarina Gianna, LLC., who can help you make a request for order (RFO).