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State Bar of Texas

Temporary Orders

Temporary orders are court orders that are issued during the pendency of a family law case to establish certain rights and obligations between the parties until a final order is issued.

Temporary orders can cover a wide range of issues, including child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and use of marital property. They are typically requested by one or both parties in a family law case and are granted after a hearing before a judge.

Temporary orders can be particularly important in cases where there is a dispute over custody or support. For example, a temporary order can establish a parenting plan that outlines when each parent will have the children and what responsibilities they will have. It can also establish temporary child support or spousal support payments to ensure that the parties have the financial resources they need while the case is pending.

Temporary orders can also address issues related to property division, such as who will live in the marital home while the case is pending or who will be responsible for paying certain bills. In some cases, a temporary order may even require one party to provide temporary financial support to the other party.

It is important to note that temporary orders are just that – temporary. They remain in effect until a final order is issued or until they are modified by the court. If circumstances change during the pendency of the case, either party can request a modification of the temporary order.

In summary, temporary orders are an important tool in Texas family law cases. They help to establish certain rights and obligations between the parties while the case is pending, and can address issues related to custody, support, property division, and use of marital property. If you are involved in a family law case and have questions about temporary orders, 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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