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A standing order is a court order that is automatically issued in every family law case filed in Texas. The purpose of the standing order is to preserve the status quo and protect the interests of both parties until a final order is issued.
The standing order applies to both parties in a family law case and places certain restrictions on their behavior. For example, the standing order prohibits either party from removing the children from the state of Texas without the written consent of the other party or the court. It also prohibits both parties from disposing of property, canceling insurance policies, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or retirement plans without the written consent of the other party or the court.
In addition, the standing order requires both parties to refrain from engaging in harassing or threatening behavior towards each other, and from making derogatory remarks about each other in the presence of the children or on social media.
The standing order remains in effect until a final order is issued or until it is modified by the court. It is important to note that the standing order is not a substitute for a temporary restraining order or a protective order. If a party needs immediate protection from harm or harassment, they should seek a TRO or protective order.
If a party violates the standing order, they can be held in contempt of court, which may result in fines, jail time, or other penalties. It is important to take the standing order seriously and comply with its provisions, as violating the standing order can have serious consequences for a family law case.
In summary, a standing order is an important part of every Texas family law case. It helps to preserve the status quo and protect the interests of both parties until a final order is issued. If you have questions about the standing order or need assistance with a family law case, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.
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