In most lawsuits, including a divorce suit and in any suit affecting custody or visitation of children, the court may enter temporary orders regarding the use or possession of property and/or custody, visitation and support of the child(ren). The temporary orders continue in effect until altered by the court or entry of a final judgment.
Temporary Orders in Divorce Proceedings - Property and Parties
In a divorce suit, the court may enter temporary orders requiring and prohibiting acts by the parties, ordering payment of attorney’s fees, awarding exclusive use of certain property by a spouse, and other relief. The court may also order the parties to counsel with a person named by the court.
Temporary Orders Involving Children
In a divorce suit or any other proceeding involving custody, visitation, or support of children, the court may enter temporary orders for the safety and welfare of the child(ren), including orders for temporary custody, temporary visitation, and temporary support of the children. Temporary orders regarding the child(ren) may also require or prohibit certain conduct, order the payment of attorney’s fees, and require psychological evaluations, a social study, and the appointment of special representatives for the children (such as a guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem). Temporary orders may be modified by the court during the suit.