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What are temporary hearing orders for a contested divorce?

When going through a divorce in Maryland, one aspect that often gets overlooked is obtaining temporary hearing orders.

These orders help ensure that both parties can navigate the divorce process smoothly. Failing to file for temporary hearing orders can have significant consequences and may impact the final settlement.

The importance of temporary hearing orders

Temporary hearing orders establish a framework for the duration of the divorce proceedings. They address four main issues that need immediate attention:

  • Child Custody: These orders determine where the children will reside during the divorce process, visitation schedules, and any restrictions on parental conduct. It ensures stability and minimizes disruption in the children’s lives.
  • Child Support: Temporary child support orders provide financial support for the custodial parent to meet the children’s needs.
  • Spousal Support: In cases where one spouse is financially dependent on the other, temporary spousal support orders can be vital for meeting immediate financial needs.
  • Marital Property Use: Temporary orders also dictate the use of marital property during the divorce. This includes decisions about living arrangements, vehicle use, and other assets that both parties may need access to during the proceedings.

Without these orders in place, chaos can ensue, causing emotional and financial stress for all involved.

The impact on the final settlement

The orders set a precedent for handling certain issues, and judges often consider them when making final decisions. If parties have complied with the temporary orders, it can demonstrate their ability to cooperate and adhere to court orders, which may influence the judge’s decisions in their favor.

In 2022, Maryland courts received 28,924 divorce filings. Knowing that the final settlement may take up to a year to happen, filing for temporary orders serves as a way to help both spouses stay afloat.

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