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Most divorces go forward with no Court orders in place (with the exception of the Preliminary Injunction) until the divorce is finalized. However, temporary orders are available if the parties cannot seem to reach agreements on how to handle matters while the divorce is pending.  Not all family law matters require temporary orders. However, if the parties cannot agree on important decisions or cannot cooperate to accomplish tasks that must be accomplished while the case is pending, then it may be necessary to seek temporary orders.

Temporary Orders may be acquired by filing a petition for temporary orders pursuant to A.R.S. § 25-315. Temporary orders may be utilized to secure exclusive use and control of the marital residence pursuant to A.R.S. § 25-315 (C). Some of the other justifications for seeking temporary orders include an inability to reach agreements with your spouse regarding how the two of you will handle such issues as child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, attorney’s fees, payment of community obligations, and access to community resources while the divorce case is pending.

However, the decision to seek temporary orders should be carefully considered, as temporary orders will significantly increase the overall cost of a divorce. If, after careful consideration, temporary orders appear necessary and justifiable in your matter, Dustin T. Dudley has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to assist you in securing any necessary temporary orders, as he has done repeatedly over the years for countless clients involving such issues as exclusive use of a marital residence, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, and attorney’s fees.

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